Ophiocordyceps sinensis (formerly known as Cordyceps sinensis), is known in English colloquially as caterpillar fungus, or by its more prominent names yartsa gunbu.
It is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae. It is mainly found in the meadows above 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Bhutan, India, Myanmar and Tibet. It parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body which used to be valued as a herbal remedy and in traditional Chinese medicine. However, the fruiting bodies harvested in nature usually contain high amounts of arsenic and other heavy metals so they are potentially toxic and sales have been strictly regulated by the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) since 2016.
This product comes in two different styles:
A single agar plate wrapped in Parafilm, as well as one additional piece of parafilm for resealing. This culture generally takes 6 to 8 weeks to colonize enough for shipping.
Liquid Culture Syringe
- 1x Syringe containing 10-12cc of a live mycelium culture
- 1x Sterile 18 Gauge Needle
- 1x Alcohol Wipe
If you any questions as to the density, sterility or other concerns about your order please email us directly at SouthwestShroomery@gmail.com.
Under no circumstances contact us about cultivation of active spores regardless of legality in your home location. Doing so will result in a cancellation of all open orders and denial of any future orders.
While all of our products are made in the most sterile conditions possible, sometimes contamination happens! Please contact us if you have any issues or concerns with the cleanliness of your culture.