Lingzhi mushroom:Other Identified Common Species:(13).Ganoderma valesiacum.

TCM Herbalism:Medicinals and Classifications. ✵The article gives records of the herb other identified common species of Lingzhi mushroom,(13).Ganoderma valesiacum, 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:(13).Ganoderma valesiacum.

 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:

(13).Ganoderma valesiacum.

 Ganoderma valesiacum. Botanical description: Ganoderma valesiacum Boud is a fungus of the Ganodermataceae or Polyporaceae family and Ganoderma genus, it is commonly known as Purple-light Ganoderma, or Ziguang LingZhi, basidiocarp (fruiting body) is annual, sessile, suberinite. Pileus (cap) is semicircle (semicircular), orbicular or conchoidal, sometimes irregular shape, 5–7 × 4–11 cm, thickness is 0.5–1 cm, the surface is puce (purple-brown) to black-brown, with a lacquer-like luster, with ring edge and ring pattern, and vertical wrinkles; edge is blunt; the context has two layers, the upper layer is white, the lower layer is puce (bistre or dark brown), thickness is 0.3–0.5 cm; the fungus tube is brown to dark brown, about 0.7 cm long; the hole surface is hazel (pale brown) to chestnut brown; the tube orifice is slightly rounded, tube wall is thicker, 4–5 per mm.

 The husk structure is irregular sporiferous layer type, hazel (pale brown) to brown, compositive hyphae are clavate or irregular shape, the enlarged part of the top is 4.5–7 μm wide; and the length is 18–25 μm. It is easily separated from the context.

 Ganoderma valesiacum. The mycelial system is three-body type: generative hypha is colorless, transparent, thin wall, 3–5 μm in diameter; skeletal hyphae are hazel (pale brown), pachypleurous (thick wall) to farctate, arborizations (dendritic branching), skeletal hyphae is 4–7 μm in dry diameter, flagelliform colorless binding hypha is formed at the tip of branches; binding hypha is colorless, pachypleurous (thick wall), branched, 1–2 μm in diameter.

 The basidiospores are oval (egg-shaped), sometimes nearly elliptic, the tip is mostly truncated, double wall, the outer wall is colorless, transparent, smooth, the inner wall has spinules or spinules are unapparent (inconspicuous), nearly colorless to hazel (pale brown), 9.5–12.1 × 6.1–6.9 μm.

 Ecological Environment: Ganoderma valesiacum Boud grows in mountains and forests. This species is mainly distributed in Sanming, Limushan of Hainan, China.



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

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