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Yellow Reishi Liquid Culture

Yellow Reishi Liquid Culture

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Species Ganoderma curtisii
Difficulty ℹ️ 🍄🍄🍄
Spore Coloration Brown
Ecology Saprotrophic
Edibility Inedible / Medicinal


This polypore bears a marked resemblance to G. lucidum and generally has a stipe, sometimes lacking the characteristic red to purple varnished appearance that G. lucidum possesses. The flesh is spongy in pore tissue and firm in the stipe. The pores bruise brown when damaged. Its habitat of choice is decaying stumps and roots of hardwoods, which aligns perfectly with that of G. sessile.

The name was originally established by Miles Berkeley in 1849 as Polyporus curtisii, and later transferred to the genus Ganoderma by William Alphonso Murrill in 1908. This species is tentative and is a subject of debate as to its viability as a distinct species from North American specimens described as G. lucidum (G. sessile), which is much more widely distributed throughout the US. There is also debate about the identities of several species that resemble G. lucidum and G. tsugae.

One reason for an alleged synonymy between G. sessile and G. curtisii is overlap in habitat, decaying hardwoods. According to Volk, Gilbertson and Ryvarden, authors of North American Polypores, it is not considered a separate species from G. lucidum. Bessette et al., authors of Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States, echo this and list it as a synonym to G. lucidum. Paul Stamets considers G. lucidum and G. curtisii to both be members of a tight-knit species complex.

However, several recent molecular studies have shown Ganoderma curtisii to be genetically distinct from Ganoderma lucidum, calling into doubt the synonymy of the two species and supporting previous mycologists' opinion that it is a distinct species. The same studies support the idea that G. lucidum sensu stricto is actually absent from the North American continent and that the mushroom widely called G.lucidum in North America is instead G.sessile, a member of the Ganoderma resinaceum complex, with Ganoderma curtisii as a separate species.

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What Is Liquid Culture?

Mushroom Liquid Culture is a nutrient solution with live mycelial bodies suspended in it. It comes in a filled 10cc syringe with a needle, and is entirely sterile!

Is Liquid Culture Different from Spores?

It sure is! Mushroom spores are the microscopic "seeds" of mushrooms.

Liquid culture is when those seeds have "taken root", so to speak! Mushroom spores are very sturdy, and well suited to storage and transport.

Liquid culture offers you a way to add rocket fuel to your gourmet grows, and get to your desired fruiting bodies much faster!

Looking for spore syringes, instead of liquid culture? Head over here!

How Do I Store Liquid Culture?

Keep your liquid culture ideally in the fridge for up to a year. You can also keep it in a cool dark place for 3~6 months.

How Do I Use Liquid Culture?

Get yourself some substrate, an agar plate, or whatever medium you choose, attach the needle provided in your kit, and inject a small amount into your chosen medium!

When Will My Liquid Culture Ship?

Generally speaking, liquid cultures ships on the next shipping day. Check the calendar here!

Should I Consume Liquid Culture?

No. None of our samples are for consumption under any circumstances.

While our liquid culture is made just from liquid sugars and distilled water, you should never consume it.

What Comes In My Package?

Each kit comes with 10cc of sterile, live mycelium in nutrient solution and a single 18Ga needle for use.

What if Something Goes Wrong?

If you any questions as to the density, sterility or other concerns about your order please email me directly at

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! I'll make it right!

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