Category: lookalike

A Floridian Stereum sp., a much thinner, poreless lookalike to the reishi.

Royoporus badius, black-footed polypore, can often look like reishi in the right light and conditions, but is very thin and flexible and has a very dark, comparitively narrow stipe.

Unknown reishi lookalike, Florida.

A toothy reishi lookalike, Hydnellum aurantiacum

Stereum sp., a common but easily differentiated lookalike to reishi.

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An unknown lookalike of reishi. I’d hedge my money on Ischnoderma resinosum, resinous polypore. The finely velveted cap and browner colors are immediately distinguishing factors, but more intimate analysis would be needed to confirm speciation.

Further information points towards a more fringe Laetiporus species, closely related to chicken of the woods. This is likely Laetiporus persicinus, white chicken mushroom.

An unknown lookalike of reishi. I’d hedge my money on Ischnoderma resinosum, resinous polypore. The finely velveted cap and browner colors are immediately distinguishing factors, but more intimate analysis would be needed to confirm speciation.

A strange reishi lookalike, possibly of the genus Microporus, from Australia.

This mushroom has similar color and striations that are present on many other reishi-clade Ganoderma but is more fibrose, thinner, and lacks a shiny, laccate pileus. The pores are also almost impossible to distinguish individually on the pore surface, causing me to lean towards Microporus as a possible ID. Spore work and microscopy would be needed to accurately identify this specimen.

Fomitopsis pinicola, the red-belted polypore, is a lookalike to the reishi and abudantly present in many parts of North America. Visually distinguishable from Ganoderma through a more matte surface, yellowed pores, and a distinct lack of zonate markings or striations, this mushroom can be used in medicine for gastrointestinal support teas and tonics, but a lack of research and literature leads to difficulty in determining dosage for proper effect.

Young Ischnoderma resinosum, a lookalike of reishi distinguishable primarily by a matte velvet fuzz present on the bracket.