Observation 168386: Ganoderma curtisii group

When: 2014-06-25

Collection location: Ragged Mountain Natural Area, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: dario.z (dario13)

No specimen available


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By: Matthew Schink (MSchink)
2014-09-25 23:29:13 PDT (-0700)

The study that determined G.sichuanense to be lingzhi is likely to be incorrect.It failed to get DNA from the holotype so modern specimens were collected from the type location.A later study was able to extract DNA from the holotype and determines G.sichuanense fits into the G.resinaceum group and that the widely cultivated lingzhi (of mainland China) is a separate distinct species and conserved the name Ganoderma lingzhi for this species. I also think this observation fits with G.curtisii.



By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-06-26 22:17:42 PDT (-0700)

is English, not Chinese.


G. sichuanense is thought to be the true Chinese lingzhi.

This is neither of those spp.

I do not believe Ganoderma lucidum
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-06-26 19:42:17 PDT (-0700)

is found in the US, unless it has been introduced by growers. According to Chinese mycologists, it is restricted to parts of China and Japan, and perhaps The Phillipines.

I know G. curtsii is found in the southeast US, G. lucidum may have been grown in Oregon and California in space bags, and several other Ganoderma (applanatum, tsugae, adspersum, annularis, brownii, europeaum, oregonense) are covered or at least mentioned in Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified c. 1986. There may be others not covered there. But my understanding of G. lucidum is that it was originally found on a plum tree in China. Most of what is growing wild in the US is probably not G. lucidum.

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