Observation 67116: Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Pat.
When: 2011-05-08
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Ganoderic acid and Beta D glucans aid in boosting human immune functions- this mushroom as well as other Ganoderma species are full of complex triterpenoids and polysacharides which aid in fighting cancer, HIV and other ailments such as staph infections. I recommend learning about and consuming these species for all people(not just those who are noticeably sick or in recovery) as a preventative holistic approach to wellness. Most Ganoderma species(G. lucidum, G. oregonense, G. capense, G. sinense, G. tsugae) are annual polypores and fruit in warm summer months in temperate climates- G. applanatum, however, is a perennial polypore that releases spores and begins fruiting of young species in these summer months-but continues to fruit slowly and drop trillions of spores annually- so unlike all the “varnish” Gano’s it is great to have such a beneficial polypore year round along with T. versicolor for tea and tinctures.

For excellent literature on medicinal value and procurement methods for medicinal mushrooms please read author Christopher Hobbs’ incredible book “Medicinal Mushrooms.”

In this observation you can see bright white leading edges extending from the young specimens beginning to form new white spore bearing flesh as summer approaches. In a similar way(but much faster) the varnish Ganoderma clade will exhibit this same process in about a two month long period from spawn to maturity, dropping millions of spores as it grows. Both sides of this fallen log are covered with G.applanatum and I just had to harvest a few :)

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