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Ganoderma

   Ganoderma belongs to the Polyporaceae group of the Fungi family, Reishi and some formulas contain other mushrooms. They can be differentiated from other polypores because they have a double walled basidiospore. The genus is divided into two sections - Section Ganoderma has a shiny cap surface (like Ganoderma lucidum) and Elfvingia has a dull cap surface, like Ganoderma applanatum.

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Reishi, Ling Zhi (Ganoderma lucidum)

 
   Ganoderma lucidum is a popular medicinal mushroom that has been used as a home remedy for the general promotion of health and longevity in East Asia. Ganoderma Lucidum occurs in six different colors, but the red variety is most commonly used and commercially cultivated in North America, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Growing alone or in groups on decaying hardwood logs and stumps (rarely on conifers); annual; widely distributed. Season all year.
Description:
   Cap: 2-20 cm; at first irregularly knobby or elongated, but by maturity more or less fan-shaped; with a shiny, varnished surface often roughly arranged into lumpy "zones"; red to reddish brown when mature; when young often with zones of bright yellow and white toward the margin.
  Pore Surface: White, becoming dingy brownish in age; usually bruising brown; 4-7 tiny (nearly invisible to the naked eye) circular pores per mm; tubes to 2 cm deep.
   Stem: Sometimes absent, but more commonly present; 3-14 cm long; up to 3 cm thick; twisted; equal or irregular; varnished and colored like the cap; often distinctively angled away from one side of the cap.
   Flesh: Brownish; fairly soft when young, but soon tough. Spore Print: Brown.
 

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