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Inquiring Great Minds - Reishi in March??

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I'm inquiring all great mycology minds!!!

I've been tasked to physically locate Reishi (or another mushroom in genus Ganoderma) in the month of March. Does anyone know which locations (anywhere in the world) would have reishi growing during this time?  Is it possible to find in Japan? or perhaps Chile or Argentina? Any and all recommendations will be greatly appreciated!!

And, if anyone happens to know if Chaga can be found in March in a unique destination (other than Finland or Norway) would  greatly appreciate any and all insights.

Many thanks!

Alicja

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As far as I know, all Ganoderma mushrooms are perennial; so, there should be no problem finding them in March wherever they grow.

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Thank you Vitog! I see that you are based in Vancouver - are there any wilderness spots/hikes that can be done in March in area where one could see Ganoderma growing?  Or somewhere temperate in PNW?  Thank you!

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Any low elevation conifer forest near the coast would be appropriate.  I see Ganoderma conks all over the mountains north of Vancouver, and the rain forest trails in Washington's Olympic National Park should be snow free (but not rain free) in March.  You can find good terrain in any part of the PNW by using Google Earth, which shows popular trails in addition to access roads.

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Ganoderma lucidum and G. tsugae, the species most often called "reishi" are both annuals.  It may depend on the climate, but the ones I've found are pretty mushy and not usable by this time of year.  I have not harvested any (yet), but I believe people usually harvest in mid-summer where I live.  G. applanatum, the artist's conk, is a perennial, and is also used medicinally, but I don't think people usually call it reishi.

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I wasn't sure whether they are annual or perennial; so I looked at the Ganoderma entry in Wikipedia, which said they are perennial.  However, checking MushroomExpert.com verifies that Vermonter is correct.  Therefore, the Reishi types will not be available in March in Southwestern BC or Washington; however, the Artist's Conk is quite abundant in our area.

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The Ganoderma that appear in my region (northwest Pennsylvania) only show up in the first week of June and by the end of the month are discolored and insect-eaten.

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