Reishi

Dried lingzhi mushroom The flowers of the mushroom are dark brown. Properties used as a body tonic

Ganoderma lucidum

The mushroom of immortality

Synonyms:
Lingzhi
Reishi (Wikipedia)

Lingzhi
Ganoderma lucidum 01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Fungi
Division:Basidiomycota
Class:Agaricomycetes
Order:Polyporales
Family:Ganodermataceae
Genus:Ganoderma
Species:
G. lingzhi
Binomial name
Ganoderma lingzhi
Lingzhi
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pores on hymenium
cap is offset or indistinct
hymenium attachment is irregular or not applicable
stipe is bare or lacks a stipe
spore print is brown
ecology is saprotrophic or parasitic
edibility: edible

Lingzhi, Ganoderma lingzhi, also known as reishi, is a polypore fungus ("bracket fungus") belonging to the genus Ganoderma.

Its red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap and peripherally inserted stem gives it a distinct fan-like appearance. When fresh, the lingzhi is soft, cork-like, and flat. It lacks gills on its underside, and instead releases its spores via fine pores. Depending on the age, the pores on its underside may be white or brown.

The lingzhi mushroom is used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is insufficient evidence that consuming lingzhi mushrooms or their extracts has an effect on cancer, metabolic diseases or cardiovascular diseases.

In nature, it grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, especially that of the maple. Only two or three out of 10,000 such aged trees will have lingzhi growth, and therefore its wild form is rare.[citation needed] Lingzhi may be cultivated on hardwood logs, sawdust or woodchips.

Reishi (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Japanese 霊芝

Noun

reishi (uncountable)

  1. Extract of the bracket fungus (mushroom) (Ganoderma lucidum and sometimes Ganoderma tsugae).

Synonyms

  • lingzhi

Anagrams

  • HiRISE, IrishE, hi-rise
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