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Ophiocordyceps sinensis

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    14th Jul, 2020
  • It is the world’s costliest fungus.
  • Also known as Himalayan Viagra.
  • It has entered the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
  • IUCN has placed the fungus, known for its aphrodisiac and rejuvenation properties, in the ‘vulnerable’ category.
  • The fungus, also known as keeda jadi in Uttarakhand because of its caterpillar-like appearance, is endemic to the Himalayan and Tibetan plateau and is found in China, Bhutan, Nepal and India.
  • In India, it is primarily found in Uttarakhand in the higher reaches of districts like Pithoragarhand Chamoli.

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