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PHELLINUS WHAT IS PHELLINUS? Phellinus linteus is a fungus that feeds on the wood of several types of trees, including mulberry, and produces a woody, perennial fruiting body shaped a bit like a large hoof. It grows wild across much of the world, and is an important part of traditional folk medicine in parts of Asia. Its common name in English is the descriptive “black hoof,” but English speakers are often more familiar with the scientific name, or with one of the Asian names. The mushroom is “sangwhang” in Korea, “sanghuang” in China, and “meshimakobu” in Japan (or “mesima” for short)....