Lentinus     Genus

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

TricholomataceaeTricholomataceae     Family
None of the special features distinguishing the other white-spored genera:
Gills not free, as in the Lepiotas and Amanitas
Basidia not extra-long, as in the Hygrophoraceae
Spores smooth, except for Lentinellus

HygrocybeLignicolous Trich     Subfamily
Growing on trees or dead wood, leaves, or sticks, or organic debris, often in moss

Lentinellus ursinusLentinoLignoTrich     Subtribe
All mushrooms with serrated gills go here
If the stem is central and well-developed, then the fruiting body (even the cap) is large and extremely tough

Lentinus     Genus     Fries

Sarcodon imbricatus


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Sarcodon imbricatusLentinus lepideus
Cap up to 5" across, buff with brown scales; margin incurved when young
Odor often fragrant or pungent
Gills and stem surface bruising brownish, flesh in general bruising or aging yellow
Stalk annulate; pubescent above the ring, scaly or fibrillose (concolorous with cap scales) below the ring

Lentinus tigrinus
Cap up to 6" across
Stalk with a bulbous base

Panus strigosus
Cap commonly up to 16" across; white to buff at first, with some coarse hairs
Entire fruiting body aging yellow
Usually in wounds of living hardwoods