Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Ophiocordyceps sinensis

  • Ophiocordyceps sinensis
  • Ophiocordyceps sinensis
  • Flower name
    Ophiocordyceps sinensis
  • Scientific name
    Ophiocordyceps sinensis
  • Alias冬虫夏草
  • Place of originTibet
  • Place of floweringSpecific area
  • Flowering season

What is Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Ophiocordyceps sinensis (scientific name: Ophiocordyceps sinensis) is an insectivorous fungus native to Tibet, belonging to the family Ophiocordycepsceae. In its native habitat, it grows naturally in alpine meadows. The fungus is laid on insect eggs and grows by absorbing the body fluids of the larvae and eating through the body. After the larvae die in winter, the mycelium grows like a plant in summer, hence the name. It is used in Chinese herbal medicine, but because it contains toxic substances such as arsenic, it must be approved by the regulatory authorities before it can be sold as a health food.

Common name: Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Scientific name: Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Synonyms:Cordyceps sinensis, Origin: Tibet, China, Length: 3 to 5 cm, Diameter: 0.3 to 0.8 cm Body color: yellowish brown.


  • Eye
    Hypocreales
  • Family
    Ophioordycipitaceae
  • Genus
    Ophiocordyceps
  • Species
    O. sinensis
  • Type of flower
    Other
  • Array of flower
    Other
  • Petal shape
    without
  • Leaf type
    Other
  • Edge of the leaf
    Other
  • Life type insectivorous fungus
  • Flower colorsBrown
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height3.0 ~ 5.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower0.0 ~ 0.0 cm

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