Ganoderma lucidum

Ganoderma

Ganoderma is a genus of polypores which grow on wood. They can be differentiated from other polypores because they have a double walled basidiospore.

The genus is divided into two sections - Section Ganoderma has a shiny cap surface (like Ganoderma lucidum) and Elfvingia has a dull cap surface, like Ganoderma applanatum.

The name Ganoderma is derived from the Greek ganos/γανος "brightness, sheen", hence "shining" and derma/δερμα "skin",

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