Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFPOphiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFP
Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFP

Surging demand drives ‘Himalayan Viagra’ to brink of extinction

  • Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, is being threatened by overharvesting
  • Chinese herbalists believe it boosts sexual performance and an ounce can fetch up to three times the price of gold in Beijing

Topic |   Nepal
Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFPOphiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFP
Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the world’s most expensive fungus, only grows on the Tibetan Plateau. Photo: AFP
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