Observation 85384: Lentinus subgenus Lentinus sect. Lentinus
When: 2011-12-23
No herbarium specimen

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Recognized by sight
56% (1)
Recognized by sight: “Pileal surface pilose-strigose, with ciliate margin… tropical and subtropical.”
Used references: Pegler, D. N. 1983. “The genus Lentinus: a world monograph.” Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, England. 281 pp.

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-01-16 01:35:58 CST (-0500)

here are the two illustrations recommended by Pegler in his 1983 monograph:


both courtesy of Berkeley in 1842 and 1856, respectively. It’s described as a “robuster” crinitoid (especially in stipe thickness), presumably even more than L. bertieri. My brain hurts when I try and reconcile the idea of “robust” with Image 1’s stipe thickness. The burning sensation grows when I see that the stipe thickness dimensions in Pegler’s written description for L. swartzii range from 2.5-14 mm. 2.5mm? This is robust to you, Pegler? You tell me this is a widespread South (and to a lesser extent, Central) American crinitoid, and you can’t avoid blatant contradictions between drawings, descriptive terms and dimensions?? The only thing robust about this species is its ability to generate aneurisms.

Anyone with a fraction of a clue, please chime in, I beg of you, before I wake up hours from now face down in a Lentinus nosebleed.

if you’ve still got the specimen
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-12-30 19:59:51 CST (-0500)

and a microscope, get your hands on this:


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