Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lingzhi, known in the west as Ganoderma.

I had some business to take care of in downtown Augusta, so I parked in the shade of a massive live oak tree and set out on foot.  As I was walking, I noticed the stump of another live oak that had been cut at ground level quite some time ago.  It had rotted away considerably, and in the center of it was a Lingzhi mushroom:

 What struck me about this particular specimen was that it had a rougher, alligator-skin like surface rather than the usual sanded-and-varnished appearance of most Ganodermas.  There was no stem present, and the underside is pure white.

I've read about the medicinal properties of Ganoderma soup, maybe part of this one will have to get a bath in the crock-pot.

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