My first fresh fruiting body of the 2011 summer season for reishi here in Western WA!!!

So majestic to come across these while tromping in the forest :)

I have been monitoring this park since last summer and noticed no growth on this trail side Hemlock as of 2 weeks ago… 4 days of rain this week and a constant humid 75 degrees coaxed this fruiting body out in that period of time! Pretty amazing(and fast growing) fungi. Can’t wait to make tea with ginger, honey and lemon tonight!

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Thanks Darvin for the article-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-07-16 04:21:02 CDT (-0400)

and information:) Unfortunately, for this specimen I already dried it out in thin slices in my dehydrator and can’t accurately measure the pore size. I anticipate that this is actually G. tsugae based on the rapid growth in under two weeks to this large soft fruiting body. Can’t be positive though until I collect and measure the next one. Glad I know now where to start——G. tsugae is (5-6 pores per mm) and G. oregonense is (2-3 pores per mm).

I also just looked up an article from NW key council member Ian Gibson on differences between G. oregonense and G. tsugae which included similar information the Wasser article presented.
Thank you for helping me clarify the differences with these amazing fungi- I can definitely see a difference in varnish conks from time to time here in the PNW and have always felt vague with their absolute classification until now.
Thanks again:)

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-07-15 23:57:27 CDT (-0400)

Were the pores 2-3 per mm or 5-6 per mm?
That seems to be the key step that is used in Wasser to separate G. oregonense from G. tsugae. (Also spore size)
Strangely, both grow on hemlock.

Wasser, Solomon P., I. Zmitrovich, M. Didukh, W. Spirin and V. Malysheva. 2006. Morphological Traits of Ganoderma Lucidum Complex Highlighting G. Tsugae var. Jannieae: The Current Generalization. Gantner, Ruggell, Germany. 187p.

haha >.<
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-07-15 23:01:06 CDT (-0400)

I did indeed dare today! My fiance’ and I sampled a little bit raw and sliced/dehydrated the rest. Tastes like a sweet, slimy, bland piece of chicken raw… Wouldn’t really ever eat it like this in a salad… It was extremely soft- like a varnished marshmallow. Too bad it was the only one found in the park today though :(

Just glad I know the reishi season is starting finally!

Looks like a soft one!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-07-15 18:33:41 CDT (-0400)

Are the outer edges soft enough to eat if you slice them thinly, would you dare?