Strain: Ganoderma tsugae AM-M198
Common Names: Hemlock Varnish Shelf, Sōng Shān Língzhī (靈芝, 松杉靈芝), Reishi tsugae (レイシtsugae),Ganoderme de la pruche, Trutovik khvoyniy lakirovaniy (трутовик хвойный лакированный)
The hemlock varnish conk (Ganoderma tsugae) can be found growing almost exclusively on eastern hemlock (Tsugae canadensis). The cap is 5-30 cm; the stipe (if present) is 2.5-15 cm long and 1-4 cm thick. It has a whitish hymenium turning brown with age or when bruised. The cap surface is a shiny reddish hue, turning a dusty brown when spores are deposited on the cap surface. The spores are 13-15 x 7.5-8.5 µ; more or less elliptical, sometimes with a truncated end; under oil immersion appearing double-walled, with a row of "pillars" between the walls. There are no setae and cystidia present. The hyphal system is dimitic. Fruiting bodies can be found from May to November and may remain on their host through the winter. This is a facultative parasite causing a white butt rot of the heartwood. A large log may produce mushrooms for over 15 years! It’s found in Eastern North America, and reported from the Southwest United States. This mushroom can be grown on sterilized hardwood sawdust and is a good candidate for conifer sawdust particularly eastern hemlock. Ganoderma enjoys special veneration in East Asia, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.
Application: A common medicinal mushroom, and widely used as an additive to coffee, tea, and other foods as a health-added benefit or functional food additive.
History: Isolated By Aloha Medicinals field team
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