Reishi Mushroom in Harz Mountains, Germany

October 31, 2011

Glänzender Lackporling Ganoderma lucidum

 Photographer: Gerhard Schuster 
Summary Authors: Gerhard Schuster; Jim Foster

The photo above showing a ghastly reishi mushroom (Ganoderma tsugae) amidst a stand of spruce trees was captured in the Harz Mountains of Germany. This bracket fungus typically grows in coniferous forests in Europe, Asia and North America. It's revered for its medicinal benefits In parts of eastern Asia, particularly in China, where it's been used in traditional medicine for more than 2,000 years. Photo taken on August 21, 2011.

Photo Details: Lumix DMC-G1 camera; with a Leica Macro-Elmarit 1:2.8/45; f11; 1/20th sec. exposure.