Ophiocordyceps 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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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

Ophiocordyceps 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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