Phellinus linteus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Hymenochaetales
Family: Hymenochaetaceae
Genus: Phellinus
P. linteus
Binomial name
Phellinus linteus
(Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Teng

Phellinus linteus (Japanese "meshimakobu", Chinese "song gen", Korean "sanghwang", English "mesima", American English "black hoof mushroom") is a mushroom.[1] It is shaped like a hoof, has a bitter taste, and in the wild grows on mulberry trees.[1] The stem color is dark brown to black.[1]


In Asian traditional medicine, the mushroom is prepared as a tea. Extracts containing polysaccharide-protein complexes from P. linteus are promoted in Asia for potential anti-cancer activities, but there is insufficient evidence from clinical studies to indicate its use as a prescription drug to treat cancer or any disease.[1][2] Its processed mycelium may be sold as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules, pills or powder.[2] The extract may be used in alternative medicine as a topical medication to treat pemphigus, an autoimmune disease.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Phellinus linteus". Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Phellinus linteus mycelium; DB14282". DrugBank. 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.