Ganoderma lucidum (Leys.) Karst.
As one of the most common wood-rotting fungi in the country, Ganoderma lucidum is found throughout the Philippines. Heralded in the orient for their health-stimulating properties, Ganoderma is cultivated for its medicinal values. Its pharmacology and clinical uses are being studied and it is now available in various medicinal forms (tablets and powder) in the Philippines. People suffering from insomnia, asthma, ulcers, high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, and heart disease use it. It is also a main ingredient in some cosmetic products such as soaps, lotion, toothpaste, ointment, facial cream and moisturizer.
The fruiting body is perennial, hard and shelf-like, reddish-brown. The lateral stem and upper surface are coated with hard, shiny substance resembling sealing wax. Nature lovers use such fruiting bodies in decorative arrangements.