Lingzhi mushroom:Other Identified Common Species:(16).Ganoderma tropicum.

TCM Herbalism:Medicinals and Classifications. ✵The article gives records of the herb other identified common species of Lingzhi mushroom,(16).Ganoderma tropicum, 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:(16).Ganoderma tropicum.

 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:

(16).Ganoderma tropicum.

 Ganoderma tropicum Jungh.Bres. Pin Yin Name: Rè Dài Líng Zhī.
 English Name: Tropical Ganoderma.
 Latin Name: Ganoderma tropicum.
 Property and flavor: neutral nature, tastes slightly bitter.
 Botanical description: Ganoderma tropicum (Jungh.) Bres is a fungus of the Ganodermataceae or Polyporaceae family and Ganoderma genus, it is commonly known as Tropical Ganoderma, or Re Dai LingZhi, basidiocarp (fruiting body) is annual, sessile, suberinite to ligneous. The pileus (cap) is semicircular, nearly fan-shaped, nearly reniform, or nearly funnelform, sometimes irregular in shape, or small pileus (cap) is formed at the edge of big pileus (cap), size is 2.5–8.5 × 4.5–15 cm, thickness is 0.5–2 cm, the surface is maroon (brownish red), puce (purple-brown) or prunus (violet-red), with slightly lacquer-like luster, sometimes the outward edge gradually turns lighter and is yellow-white or fawn color (flavotestaceous), the edge is thin; the context is well-proportioned brown, and thickness is 0.5–1.9 cm, has no black chitinous layer (shell layer); the fungus tube is 0.1–0.2 cm long, brown; the hole surface is stained white (dirty white) or hazel (pale brown), sometimes is slightly brownish; the ostiole orifice is irregular shape, 4–5 per mm.

 The husk structure is sporiferous layer type, and pale brown to brown, compositive hyphae are clavate, the enlarged part of the tip is usually 4–6 μm in diameter, and length is 20–25 μm. The tip of partial hyphae is covered with a layer of gelatinoid substance (gel-like material).

 The mycelial system is three-body type: generative hypha are transparent, leptodermous (thin wall), 3–5 μm in diameter; skeletal hyphae are pale brown, pachypleurous (thick wall) to farctate, skeletal part is 4–6 μm in diameter, arborizations (dendritic branching), flagelliform colorless binding hypha are formed at the tip of branches, sometimes, pachypleurous skeletal hyphae connect with leptodermous generative hypha at one end, and connect with colorless binding hypha at the other end; binding hypha is colorless, pachypleurous (thick wall), 1.0–2.5 μm in diameter.

 The basidiospores are oval (egg-shaped), nearly elliptic, or slightly truncated at the tip, double wall, the outer wall is colorless and transparent, smooth, the inner wall is pale brown, has spinules, and sometimes has one big oil droplet, 8.4–11.4 × 5.2–6.9 (–7.2) μm, and has spinules.

 Ganoderma tropicum Jungh.Bres. Ecological Environment: Ganoderma tropicum (Jungh.)Bres grows in tree stumps of Acacia, Acacia confusa, and dead roots. This species is mainly distributed in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, southeast coastal areas, southwest areas, Hong Kong, and other areas of China. It tastes slightly bitter and neutral. Functions of nourishing, roborant, antitumor effect. Indicated for coronary heart disease and cancer. Recommended dosage: internal as water decoction, 3–9 grams; or ground powder.

 Growth characteristics: Ganoderma tropicum grows on the stump or dead root of the Lebbeck tree, Acacia rachii.

 Characters of herbs: The pileus (cap) is reniform or semicircular, 10~20 cm in diameter, and about 3 mm thick. The surface is reddish-brown or purple-reddish brown, has lacquer-like luster, has concentric rings or wrinkles, and the edges are obtuse, undulate, or shallow valvular dehiscent. The tube orifice surface is white or pale brown, the tube orifice is oblong or polygonal, 4~5 per 1 mm. The prosthecae are mostly lateral, 5~10 cm long, up to 4 cm in diameter, and russet (reddish-brown). suberinite. The herb has a light odor and a mild taste.

 Medicinal efficacy: Nourishing or tonic properties, roborant, antineoplastic (anti-tumor), etc. It is indicated for coronary disease (coronary heart disease), tumor (neoplastic disease), etc.

 Administration of Ganoderma tropicum (Rè Dài Líng Zhī): 
Reference: Administration Guide of Ganoderma tropicum (Rè Dài Líng Zhī)
TCM Books: Internally:water decoction, 3~9 grams; or prepare to finely ground herb powder, take after mixing it with water, wine,etc.




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

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