Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Polyporales: Polyporaceae: Wolfiporia cocos (F.A.Wolf) Ryvarden & Gilb., 1984
Synonyms: Daedalea extensa, Macrohyporia cocos, Macrohyporia extensa, Pachyma cocos, Poria cocos, Sclerotium cocos, Wolfiporia extensa.
Extract from Wikipedia article: Wolfiporia extensa (Peck) Ginns (syn. Poria cocos F.A.Wolf) is a fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It is a wood-decay fungus but has a subterranean growth habit. It is notable in the development of a large, long-lasting underground sclerotium that resembles a small coconut. This sclerotium called "(Chinese) Tuckahoe" or fu-ling(茯苓, pīnyīn: fúlíng), is not the same as the true tuckahoe used as Indian bread by Native Americans, which is the arrow arum, Peltandra virginica, a flowering tuberous plant in the arum family. W. extensa is also used extensively as a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine. Indications for use in the traditional Chinese medicine include promoting urination, to invigorate the spleen function (i.e., digestive function), and to calm the mind.
Cantonese: 雲苓, Chinese: 茯苓, French: Pachyme, Japanese: マツホド, Korean: 복령, Persian: فولینگ, Vietnamese: Phục linh.
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