Observation 24698: Lentinula Earle

When: 2009-08-22

Collection location: Baker, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Lynn (lynnthepin)

No specimen available

Found growing in great bunches on dead Live Oak wood after 3 days of rain. When buttons became visible, they were a dark, burgundy color with equally spaced white dots riding on the top edge of the cap. As the caps matured, they lightened to medium brown, some still showing the tiny white circle of dots on their caps. Soft, leathery cap, 1-3cm wide, lightly scaled cream colored stem and scales, soft, cottony flesh in cap and stem. Gills tightly spaced, no lactating and no bruising of gills, flesh and stem when malled. Stem spaced in middle of cap, gills not touching stem.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:08 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Baker, FL’ to ‘Baker, Florida, USA


When grouping was young, 8/22/09
East side of the grouping – see all that mycelium underneath..
South side of the grouping
light underside and stem

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Recognized by sight: go figure…feral shiitake!
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looks like a shitaki farm
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-09-29 20:13:31 PDT (-0700)

Looks like a cultivated shitaki farm. I have sen people grow them on logs laying around like that.

Could be
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-28 15:29:09 PDT (-0700)

but would need close-up of gills to be certain. L. edodes has notched gill edges, like a sawblade. This is possible. Close-up of gills should prove/disprove.

Pale spored
By: Lynn (lynnthepin)
2009-08-26 09:57:22 PDT (-0700)

Spore print was white to buff. Striations appear on the stems, getting dark at the base. Gills crowded and becoming wavy as the buttons age. Starting to believe it’s Lentinus.

Looks alot like Stropharia but ….?
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-08-26 07:29:39 PDT (-0700)
grab one of those mature caps and get a spore print, Lynn!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-08-24 12:11:00 PDT (-0700)

I suspect that it is gonna have dark spores…free gills? really?

Created: 2009-08-24 12:02:17 PDT (-0700)
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