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Ganoderma lucidum...
    #4317395 - 06/20/05 04:42 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I found an area that is loaded. Is this good?
From what I've read so far from web searches it's a rare find. I've seen them in the wild only 2 times here. One recently.
My field guide (Nat. Audobon) doesn't list this mushroom. I'm not surprised, there are others.
I'll do some more reading, meanwhile, Does anybody have information about positively ID, what I should do with them, etc...
When I get back, I'll be a little bit smarter than I am now.

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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: LouiseLouise]
    #4317439 - 06/20/05 04:53 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Are you positive it's Ganoderma lucidum and not other Ganoderma species, like Ganoderma tsugae for example? If it is then yes, it is very good and you are a very lucky man :laugh:

Ganoderma lucidum usually grows on hardwoods (and very rarely on conifers) and its flesh is ochraceous- to dark-brown. Ganoderma tsugae is a very similar species, but it grows only on conifers and has white flesh.

Here's one of Reishi tea recipes from Mushworld:

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Let's make a Ling Zhi tea!

1. Cut it into chips of appropriate size and put them into a pot (clay pot or glassware preferable to a metalic container).
2. For a person daily dosage of 3-5g, pour 3 bowls of water and boil for about 50 minutes with weak heat.
3. It is better to reduce water and boiling time when you make the tea with already boiled Ling Zhi.
4. You may mix the 1st, 2nd and 3rd decoction.
5. You might want to prepare 2-3 day portions at a time.

It is better to take the brew steadily for a long time than to drink much decoction within a short period. You'd better drink the pure decoction without adding any refined sweetener. However, when you can not drink the pure brew because it goes against your stomach, you may boil the ling zhi chips with some licorice roots, jujubes and Chinese matrimony vine fruits. Otherwise, you may add honey rather than refined sugar to the brew.




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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: LouiseLouise]
    #4317879 - 06/20/05 07:01 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

They're not that rare on hardwoods, maple and oak,
that get mowed around, and receive
wounds on they're roots from the mower.

They are fairly common on hardwood stumps too.

It's good to find them when they are still fresh. Some
bugs hit them pretty hard.


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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: ivi]
    #4318075 - 06/20/05 07:44 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

No, I need more identification info.
I didn't list the details at first b/c I didn't want just an ID, I wanna learn how to do it for myself.
But, let's see what we got here:
Habitat is on wood, and out of the ground where there is alot of crushed trees, consisting mainly of pine
pores: look like they're evenly spaced, brown with a thin covering of white.
They have an offset stem that a shelf rests on. Generally about 1" tall with a waxy cap that ranges from  yellowish white to red or auburn. Caps vary in size, even in all stages of maturity. Solid stem, when I cut it, it was tough like cutting styrofoam.
They've been pores down on a sheet of paper, but I don't see spores yet.
Also where I cut it it smells pretty strong mushroomy to like pumkin and bruised heavy brown quickly.

I can see where people grow them for medicinal. They look alot like mj's duck's head, 'cep it's not typical to have that bumb behind the cap or shelf.
The cap goes on an upward incline from the stem (typical)

Sorry, I don't own a cam. I can get one but I'm not experienced with macros. and stuff. One day soon, I'll spring for one :thumbup:

Thanks for your help.


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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: LouiseLouise]
    #4318824 - 06/20/05 11:44 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Ganoderma tsugae is a very similar species, but it grows only on conifers and has white flesh.

This bit that ivi described is important, if the mushrooms are fresh
and young tsugae will have whitish flesh. Both tsugae and lucidium
caps have a varnished appearance. That fact that they are growing with
pine favors tsugae as the species. Were the pines Hemlock? Ganoderma
tsugae's common name is Hemlock varnish shelf. They may grow on other
pines, but Hemlock is the only one I've found it growing on.


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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: LouiseLouise]
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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: Anno]
    #4319666 - 06/21/05 05:44 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Thanks ya'll.


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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: LouiseLouise]
    #4319736 - 06/21/05 07:59 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

LouiseL.,
Do your fungi look anything like these, color-wise? I found these which I thought must be tsugae or lucidum. I didn't take care with my photo--you can't even see the stalk which was prominent, and then when I went back, I couldn't find it.

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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: wallace]
    #4319767 - 06/21/05 08:31 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

tsugae still has the ganodermic acids, it was recently removed from the genus ploypurus and placed into the ganoderm genus, because of the molecules the plant produced are similar to that and the artist's conk.

From: http://greennature.com/article1994.html

According to Hobbs (1995), Ganoderma tsugae may have similar medicinal uses as Ganoderma lucidum, or the Reishi mushroom (see separate listing), used in Asia for centuries.

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Re: Ganoderma lucidum... [Re: wallace]
    #4320843 - 06/21/05 03:34 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yep, look just like that. I don't see spores yet.
Mushroomexpert says that generally tsugae are white-ish where lucidum is brownish.
It was exciting finding all these, they're growin all over. As it's interesting to learn about them too.

Yogafire, wasn't it you that posted pictures recently? I think they look a lot like yours.

Thanks again :sun:


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