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Ganoderma lucidum

Ganoderma lucidum

Afrikaans:   Vernisswam

English :      Reici


Description and diagnostic features   

   It is the most amazing fungus with a stem covered with red brown shiny substance that looks like lacquer or varnish.

Part used     

    The whole standing mushroom.


   Dried and extracted as tea or tincture or combination.

 It makes the mind clearer or lucid hence its species epithet lucidum.

    It is claimed to be health promoting and has been used for centuries in the far east for longevity. It is claimed to lengthen the telomeres on human chromosomes so that cell division can not eventually destroy the chromosomes with cell division.



It is found in warm damp condition on hardwood.  In South Africa it is found in hardwood forests.

This one was found in Natures Valley but they are known to grow in the Knysna forests and in the mountains around Suurbraak.      


It can be introduced as mycelium growing on dowel sticks into holes drilled into hardwood logs. Once it is inserted the log must be kept damp in the shade and the hole into which the dowel was inserted  must be sealed off with beeswax.