Figure 1. The fan shaped fruiting body of Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).
Figure 2. An alternative view of the previous figure illustrating the length of the
stem (stipe) of the mushroom. This bracket fungus is easily dried and can be grown from supplemented
Figure 3. The "Antler" form of Reishi. This peculiar form occurs when the carbon
dioxide levels of the growing environment are elevated. Antler Reishi was once particularly sought
because of its unique health promoting properties. This form is now cultivated and more readily available.
Figure 4. Reishi mycelium fully colonizing a malt-extract agar media plate. Notice
the slight yellow pigment released by the mycelium as it matures. This single plate can be used to
inoculate multiple jars of organic rye for further propagation.