Lingzhi mushroom:Other Identified Common Species:(18).Ganoderma applanatum.

TCM Herbalism:Medicinals and Classifications. ✵The article gives records of the herb other identified common species of Lingzhi mushroom,(18).Ganoderma applanatum, its English name, Latin name, property and flavor, with a detailed introduction to the botanical features of these other identified common species of Lingzhi mushroom, the growth characteristics, and ecological environment of these fungus species, the features of these fungus species, its pharmacological actions, medicinal efficacy, and administration guide.

Other Identified Common Species of Lingzhi mushroom:(18).Ganoderma applanatum..

 Except the species which defined by Common herbal classics,(1).Ganoderma lucidum(Leyss.ex Fr.)Karst.,or (2).Ganoderma sinense Zhao, Xu et Zhang. And those cultivated species of Ganoderma, (3).Ganoderma tsugae, (4).Ganoderma hainanense, (5).Ganoderma multiplicatum, (6).Ganoderma tenue, (7).Ganoderma atrum. There are some other identified wild species of the Lingzhi Mushrooms could be used, they are known commonly including species:(9).Ganoderma boninense, (10).Ganoderma calidophilum, (11).Ganoderma monglicum, (12).Ganoderma resinaceum, (13).Ganoderma valesiacum, (14).Ganoderma ahmadii, (15).Ganoderma capense, (16).Ganoderma tropicum, (17).Ganoderma duropora, (18).Ganoderma applanatum, (19).Ganoderma gibbosum, (20).Ganoderma lobatum, etc. These usable wild field species are introduced:

(18).Ganoderma applanatum.

 Ganoderma applanatum pers ex Gray Pat. Pin Yin Name: Shù Shé Líng Zhī.
 English Name: Tree-tongue Ganoderma, or Artist's Conk
 Latin Name: Ganoderma applanatum.
 Property and flavor: neutral nature, tastes light or tasteless.
 Botanical description: Ganoderma applanatum (pers ex Gray) Pat is a fungus of the Ganodermataceae or Polyporaceae family and Ganoderma genus, it is also known as Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.ex Wallr) Pat. It is commonly known as Tree-tongue Ganoderma, or Shu She LingZhi, Tree-tongue flat Ganoderma, Lao Mu Jun, Maple-Tree Ganoderma, Ping Gai Ling Zhi, other common names are Chi Se Lao Mu Jun, Bian Zhi, Lao Mu Jun, Li Jun, Feng Shu Zhi (Maple-Tree Ganoderma), Bai Ban Fu Jun, Lao Niu Gan, Lao Niu Gan, Mu Lingzhi, Shu Erduo, etc.

 The encarpium (fruiting body) is large or extra-large. Sessile or subsessile. The pileus (cap) is semi-circular, flat semiglobe (semi-spherical), or flat, the base is often decurrent, the width is 5–35 × 10–50 cm, thickness is 1–12 cm, the surface is gray, gradually turning brownish, there are concentric rings edges, sometimes tuberculose, the skin shell is colloid and keratose, the edge is thinner. The context is light chestnut color(spadiceous), sometimes the part near the husk turns dark brown later, and the fungus ostiole is circular (rounded), 4–5 per millimeter.

 Ganoderma applanatum pers ex Gray Pat. Ecological Environment: Ganoderma applanatum (pers ex Gray) Pat grows in mountains and forests, woods, on poplar, birch, willow, oak, and other hardwood trees, on the inverted wood and stump, is one of the important wood-rotting fungi, will lead to the formation of white wood xylem decay. This species is mainly distributed in 27 provinces from northern to north-west, south-west, to southern and south-east of China. This species is widely distributed in many areas of the earth.

 In Chinese folk medicine, it is used for anti-cancer, for rheumatoid pulmonary tuberculosis, it functions to relieve pain, clear heat, eliminate accumulations and stagnation, hemostasis, and transform phlegm effect.

 Growth characteristics: Ganoderma applanatum grows on the trunks of various kinds of broad-leaved trees.

 Characters of herbs: The encarpium (fruiting body) is sessile. The pileus (cap) is semicircular, flat, or hemispherical in profile (section), 10–50 cm in long diameter, 5–35 cm in short diameter, and its thickness is about 15 cm. The surface is gray or brown, with concentric bands and nodules of different sizes. The husk is crisp, and the edge is thin and blunt. The surface of the tube orifice is dirty yellow or dark brown, and the tube orifice is round, 4–6 for each 1 mm. In the longitudinal section, one to several layers of fungus tubes is visible. Ligneous or suberinite. The smell is light and the taste is mild.

 Pharmacological actions: ①.Enhanced immune function; ②.Anti-tumor effect.

 Medicinal efficacy: Anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. It is indicated for sphagitis (pharyngolaryngitis, sore throats), esophageal cancer (esophageal carcinoma), nasopharyngeal carcinoma, etc.

 Administration of Ganoderma applanatum (Shu She LingZhi): 
Reference: Administration Guide of Ganoderma applanatum (Shu She LingZhi)
TCM Books: Internally:water decoction, 10~30 grams.




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  • 1.Introduction of Ling Zhi:Lucid Ganoderma or Ganoderma Lucidium.
  • 2.Lingzhi mushroom:Other Identified Common Species:Ganoderma applanatum.

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