The Features of Ganoderma Lucidum. What is ganoderma lucidum? Simplyput, it is a type of mushroom quite similar to the edible champignon.However, ganoderma lucidum is different in several, somewhatcomplicated, ways. According to former legends, the Emperor Qin ShiHuang once assigned a herbal doctor named Xu Fu to seek far and wide foran elixir named ganoderma lucidum. From this time on, ganodermalucidum has been regarded as a lucky substance and offered as tributes toemperors and important guests and visitors.