Phylum:Basidiomycota >> Class: Basidiomycetes >>  Order: Polyporales 
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 Scientific Name: Ganoderma lucidum

Ganoderma lucidum (W. Curt.:Fr.) Karst., Fig. 9 Rev. Mycol. 3: 17. 1881.

 Description: Basidiocarp annual, stipitate, corky to woody. Pileus reniform, dimidiate or suborbicular, up to 12 × 20 × 2 cm; upper surface yellowish brown or reddish brown, concentrically sulcate and zonate, rugose, laccate; Context wood-colored to brown, 1-1.5 cm thick; tubes whitish, brownish to brown, up to 1 cm long. Pore surface white, brownish to brown, sometimes sordid yellowish or yellowish brown; pores suborbicular, 4-5 per mm. Stipe subcylindric, lateral or eccentric, rarely central, up to 19 cm long and 4 cm thick, concolorous with pileus or purplish brown, lac-cate. Pilear crust a hymenioderm, brownish; hyphal elements clavate, 20-30 µm long, at inflated part usually 6-7.5 µm diam. Hyphal system trimitic; generative hyphae hyaline, thin-walled, branched, 3.5-4.5 µm diam; skeletal hyphae yellowish brown, thick-walled to solid, arboriform; binding hyphae colorless, thick-walled, sinuous, branched, 1.5-2 µm diam, often Bovista-type. Basidiospores 9-11 × 6-7 µm, ovoid or truncate, bitunicate; exospore hyaline, smooth, endospore echinulate, brownish or faintly brownish, sometimes guttulate.

Taiwan, Taichung: Chingshui, alt.<100 m, on basal stem of Casua-rina sp.Jun 1991, TFRI 11. Taichung: Taichung, alt. 200 m, on basal stem of Acacia confusa, Jun 1991, TFRI 24.

 Habitat: Lignicolous causing white rot of wood.



Chang, TT. 1993a; Chen, ZC.1976.


T. T. Chang

 Note: The species is recognized when it has a red cuticle.