Observation 33214: Lenzites betulina (L.) Fr.
When: 2010-01-21
Who: jim (ckm3)
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Specimen is about 4 inches across, 3 inches high. No stipe, broadly attached to the decayed stump (unknown wood type). Spores are cream/buff (pic #3). Gills are fairly wide-spaced (pic 2). The cap edge (and surface) is hairy. The flesh is quite thin. The group was growing in overlapping layers (imbricate). Location was an clearing in an open woodland. The previous weeks weather had been cold (40/22F). Were it not for the cream spores I would have guessed Pleurocybella sp. but all references insist on that having white spores.

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-54% (1)
Recognized by sight
75% (2)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight: It’s what I would call it…
-90% (2)
Recognized by sight: spore print cream cap has small matted hairs. Lenzites has a white spore print and no hairs on the cap

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus

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Yes looks like it
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-02-07 20:27:55 CST (-0500)

Looks like Lenzites betulina now that I see the top. The spore print is wired though. Ill have to see if I can find me one with a cream spore print in the future. There very common here in WV. I have taken about several spore prints of this species and they are always white.

Top Down
By: jim (ckm3)
2010-02-07 20:13:08 CST (-0500)

Pic 4 & 5 are the only top-down views I took of this group. There is some zonation, but nothing pronounced or dramatic. In pic 4 the contrast was boosted a bit to bring out the zones.

looks like im mistaken about the hairs
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-02-07 16:50:48 CST (-0500)

According to the 5 sources I have, Apparently they can have Hairs on the cap. All my sources say white spore print though. I have 15 specimens in my herbarium from different locations and after examining them they none have hairs. It would be nice to see a shot of the top to see if there is any zonation.

it is a “gilled” mushroom…
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-02-07 16:20:25 CST (-0500)

just happens to be a gilled polypore.
Lenzites don’t have hairs on the cap??? look at all of your observations…

I have never done a spore print on Lenzites or any other polypore for that matter, so I can’t say if a creamy spore color is out of the norm.

This is a gillded mushroom
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-02-07 15:59:13 CST (-0500)

not a polypore. Most likely Lentinus Levis. If you blow up image 77102 you can clearly see small hairs. Cream spore print and growing on wood is characteristic for this species.

Spore coloration
By: jim (ckm3)
2010-02-06 19:47:06 CST (-0500)

Is there an explanation that would accommodate the buff/cream spore-print within Lenzites betulina? My references (McKnight/Mcknight’s Mushrooms,Pacioni’s Mushrooms, and Barron’s Musshrooms of NE North America) all cite L. betulina as having white spores.

Lenzites betulina?
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-02-06 17:46:21 CST (-0500)

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