In the Chinese language, Trichoderma is described as a wood mold – 木霉 。 The character for mold (霉) contains two parts. The upper one means rain (雨), the lower indicates repeated occurrence (每). Thus, the Chinese name of the fungus reflects its ecology: every time on wood after rain.

Trichoderma sp. Fuyang, Zhejiang, April 22, 2021. Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF)

The first Latin species name for this genus was – Trichoderma viride, which means green hairy skin and reflects its morphology.

A community of Trichoderma spp. Nanjing, Jiangsu, June 2020