Where does Ganoderma grow? | Mushroom lab | Biobritte fungi school

Where does Ganoderma grow?

Reishi mushrooms are one of the easiest mushrooms to identify, and a great place to start for beginning mushroom foragers.  

They have no poisonous look-alikes, so they’re relatively safe as well.  

Though reishi is generally too tough to eat, their medicinal properties have been well documented.

There are a number of different reishi species, and each grows in a different region around the world.  

For the most part, their medicinal properties are the same and there is some argument that they’re actually the same species occupying different habitat niches.

All species grow on dead and dying trees and produce annually.  

Once you find reishi on a particular log or stump, they will continue to produce there every year until they’ve consumed all the wood substrate. 

Reishi mushrooms are also known by the names lingzhi, mushroom of immortality, ten-thousand-year mushroom, herb of spiritual potency, varnish shelf and artists conk.


The mushroom itself is kidney or fan-shaped and has a distinctive red to orange color, and a shiny lacquered finish on the top.  

It’s a polypore, so it lacks gills, but the underside is white (or tan or grey in older specimens) and has pinprick-like dots.  

The flesh on the underside develops a brown/tan bruise when pressed. 

Only harvest fresh mushrooms with white undersides as they can potentially harbor dangerous molds when the mushrooms are past their prime or bruised and damaged.  

Since they’re easily bruised and damaged during harvest, reishi should be preserved quickly after harvest.


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