An intense bloom of Pycnoporus sanguineus, a reishi lookalike that has also seen traditional use as a medicine. Aboriginal Australians reportedly chewed this fungi to cure mouth ulcers and other oral disease. Extracts from this mushroom have industrial applications in dye degradation.
A forgotten reishi, picked up from a porch after abandonment many years ago. Incredible how resistant to decay these are; it’s truly a testament to the antimicrobial properties of the mushroom.
Puffballs, featuring the reishi lookalike likely of the Stereum complex
Found a ruyi scepter on a porcelain figure in a thrift shop. Unexpected, but fascinating. These scepters are meant to represent good health and fortune and are modeled after the humble reishi.
An Oregon reishi nearing maturity; the varnish is dulled by a thin layer of spore powder.