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what is this ENORMOUS mushroom I found in da woods?

 
Cassie Langstraat
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Found this bad boy in the snow mountain wilderness this weekend. I was freaking out. It's so big and beautiful. I couldn't stop thinking about it the rest of the trip.

Then I got attacked by a yellow jacket.. Nature, amiright?

Some of my facebook friends are saying reishi. You guys think so? I'm a total mycology newbie.
 
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:You guys think so?


yes.
 
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That's definitely a Reishi, and quite a beautiful specimen too! That's a whole lot of medicine right there. You can slice it up, dry it, and keep it in airtight jars for tea. Or tincture it. Pair it with Chaga for a supertonic.
 
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Go Cassie!

I would also guess that it is an American Reishi. Not exactly the same species as the Oriental Reishi, but also medicinally good for tea.

So if you can just tell me exactly where you found it.....................

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Wow that's beautiful!!

On the other side of that story, if you get stung again, there's a good remedy that involves a plant that is available almost everywhere in the temperate northern hemisphere.

Plantain leaves: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago can be chewed into a paste, and applied as a poultice to the sting. The leaves are astringent, so they tend to draw out moisture from the skin and the sting, and so they reduce the inflammation, and can draw out some of the venom before it has a chance to cause further damage. Apparently, it works for mosquito bites too, but I've never had any luck with it.
 
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A beautiful Reishi. You did bring it home with you, right?
 
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Deb Rebel wrote:A beautiful Reishi. You did bring it home with you, right?


No! We had like another 20 miles to hike, and I wasn't really sure if that was cool or not to take it. It was so big and amazing and I wasn't sure what was the proper thing to do. Also I didn't know what it was or if it had uses.
 
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aaah well at least you got to see it and be near it.
20 miles of hike, the decimal drops out of all weights of your stuff plus shifts one to the right on top of it (add a zero). I so know that one. Still looks like you got an amazing hike.
 
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Cool, I have never seen one in the wild.
Looks like there was another one in the background ?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Cool, I have never seen one in the wild.
Looks like there was another one in the background ?


Yup! And another small one on the other side!!
 
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lovely =) i find those guys too sometimes. i also never can pick them, they are so epic its...ahh idk...

i would guess its the "oregon polypore" reishi - Ganoderma oregonense.

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leila hamaya wrote:lovely =) i find those guys too sometimes. i also never can pick them, they are so epic its...ahh idk...


I feel similarly. Unless there is a specific need to harvest, I am very conservative about picking the big, old shrooms, esp those ones so intricately tied into the forest ecology. We don't have reishi here, but in some parts of the world its rare in the wild, and how much do we yet know about what they are doing and our impact?

There's also the idea that fungi are closer to being animals than plants, and that they have a special kind of consciousness. Sorry if that's a bit woo woo, I've listened to too much paul stamets.
 
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Hello, did you happen to note whether it was a hardwood or a conifer that it was growing from?
 
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I don't know about the giant mushroom.
But about this:
Dominic Muren wrote:On the other side of that story, if you get stung again, there's a good remedy that involves a plant that is available almost everywhere in the temperate northern hemisphere.

Plantain leaves: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago can be chewed into a paste, and applied as a poultice to the sting. The leaves are astringent, so they tend to draw out moisture from the skin and the sting, and so they reduce the inflammation, and can draw out some of the venom before it has a chance to cause further damage. Apparently, it works for mosquito bites too, but I've never had any luck with it.
I'm sure that must be right. Plantain helps very good for stinging nettles here too.
 
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that's a beauty.. pretty rare but they are around. personally I'd wait until late winter or spring when it might be more dormant to harvest one that looks spongy like that, as it looks to be in peak growth atm..
 
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Monster score there, I would say Reishi as well. Good Job.
 
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It was a conifer.
 
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Looks like Reishi, all right. What a score! I'm envious! My understanding is that Reishi is saprophytic (white rot). Interesting that this one has adapted to (dead) conifer wood.
 
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Hmmmm...fungi. Brings back memories. I tried raising Shitake mushrooms and was successful. But, I apparently was successful at raising another type of fungi that dwelt with the Shitake that I obviously could differentiate at that defining moment. Without going any further, I was tripping with the Brady's and talking to pink monkeys and no-the very uncool trip was not deliberate nor intentional.
 
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thats a huge reishi! I've found them but never close to that big!
 
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:


Found this bad boy in the snow mountain wilderness this weekend. I was freaking out. It's so big and beautiful. I couldn't stop thinking about it the rest of the trip.

Then I got attacked by a yellow jacket.. Nature, amiright?

Some of my facebook friends are saying reishi. You guys think so? I'm a total mycology newbie.
 
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Kenneth Thompson wrote:Hmmmm...fungi. Brings back memories. I tried raising Shitake mushrooms and was successful. But, I apparently was successful at raising another type of fungi that dwelt with the Shitake that I obviously could differentiate at that defining moment. Without going any further, I was tripping with the Brady's and talking to pink monkeys and no-the very uncool trip was not deliberate nor intentional.
lol! if you got a psylobe azurescens i bet it was a hell of a ride! strongest magic mushroom according to paul staments!
 
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Yep! A North American Reishi. Perhaps Ganoderma tsugae.

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