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Lentinus lepideus.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Neolentinus lepideus, Pikkelyes fagomba, The Train Wrecker
Lentinus lepideus Mushroom
Ref No: 9365
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem
flesh: Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged, Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Lentinus lepideus (Fr. ex Fr.) Fr. New syn. Neolentinus lepideus Pikkelyes fagomba The Train Wrecker. Cap 5-12cm across, convex to nearly flat, with an incurved margin that becomes straight in age; whitish to buff with cinnamon-brown scales; shiny, dry and scaly. Gills adnexed, close, broad, with toothed edges; whitish to buff bruising brownish. Stem 30-100 x 10-15mm, solid, either narrow at the base or bulbous; white, to reddish brown in age; minutely hairy above ring, scaly below; partial veil forms membranous whitish ring on the upper stalk. Flesh white, aging or bruising dirty yellowish. Odor fragrant, like anise. Taste rather disagreeable. Spores almost cylindrical, smooth, nonamyloid, 9-12 x 4-5µ. Deposit white. Habitat growing singly, scattered, or in clusters on logs, stumps, fence posts, railroad ties, decaying coniferous wood, and occasionally hardwoods. Common. Found in Europe and widely distributed throughout much of North America. Season May-September (later in California). Edible-good. Comment The stem of this mushroom is extremely tough and woody. Even larger forms of this mushroom can be found in the Southwest; I found a specimen 28cm across in northern Arizona

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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 25 February 2011

Rezerwat Zajecze wzgorze Sopot.Poland
Lentinus lepideus
phil pfister (United Kingdom) - 14 June 2010

Lentinus lepideus
phil pfister (United Kingdom) - 14 June 2010

Lentinus lepideus
Steve Sutton (United Kingdom) - 05 October 2008

Lentinus lepideus has been renamed to Neolentinus lepideus
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