Observation 87560: Ganoderma P. Karst.

When: 2011-12-30

Collection location: China Town, New York, USA [Click for map]

Who: Adam Arendell (julius)

No specimen available

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57% (1)
Recognized by sight: There are around 40 laccate Ganoderma spp. reported from China, split roughly down the middle in terms of light vs. dark context tissues. differentiating between them is touted as being among the most difficult of tests of one’s polypore mettle.
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: that which has historically been referred to as G. lucidum in China is now considered to be G. sichuanense. G. lucidum is a European species.
Used references: Wang X-C, Xi R-J, Li Y, Wang D-M, Yao Y-J. “The Species Identity of the Widely Cultivated Ganoderma, ‘G. lucidum’ (Ling-zhi), in China.” PLoS ONE 7.7 (2012): e40857. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040857 http://tinyurl.com/ganoderma-wang-et-al-2012

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Ganodermataceae family
By: ndoll
2012-02-17 22:34:25 MST (-0700)

Ganoderma neojaponicum is a glossy black-capped strain sold at Chinatown.

Amauroderma sp. is another one of those found at Chinatown marketplaces.

Chinese translation
By: BlueCanoe
2012-02-08 22:39:15 MST (-0700)

Comparing the characters to the Lingzhi article on Wikipedia, the rear sign reads “red lingzhi”.

The five characters on the $38.00/lb sign are harder to read, but I think the last two are also “lingzhi”.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2012-02-08 20:34:25 MST (-0700)

Looks like this one:

Can anyone translate the $38 tag into English?