Medicinal Mushrooms: Red Reishi


Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a well-known medicinal mushroom that grows here in New England. Along with Maitake, Red Reishi is revered for its modulating effect on the immune system (able to down-regulate overactive immune systems or up-regulate underactive immune systems, thereby helping to restore balance). The mushroom in the photo was growing on a Sugar Maple stump in Plainville.  I've also found this species growing locally on Red and Norway Maples.

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