Scientific name: Lentinus torulosus (Pers.) Lloyd
Derivation of name: Torul- means "tuft of hairs," osus
means "full of.'
Synonyms: Panus conchatus (Bull.) Fr.; Agaricus
conchatus Bull.; Panus torulosus (Pers.) Fr.; Lentinus
conchatus (Bull.) J. Schrot.)
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic;solitary to
clustered on decaying deciduous logs and stumps; May
Dimensions: Caps 3-13 cm wide; stipe 1-4 cm long and
5-25 mm thick.
Cap: Violet when young, fading in age to pinkish
cinnamon to pale yellowish brown to tan; dry and smooth
to minutely hairy, forming tiny scales in age.
Gills: Decurrent; often forking; edges even; violet, fading
Spore print: White.
Stipe: Violet at first, fading to pale tan; velvety to fuzzy at
least at base; central to mostly eccentric or lateral.
Edibility: Said to be edible but tough.
Comments: Similar to Lentinus strigosus in the manner in
which the violet coloration of the young mushrooms fades
away, making identification of older specimens more difficult.
More information at MushroomExpert.com:
Figure 1. Note the violet coloration of the caps, gillls, and
stipes of these young specimens of Lentinus torulosus.
Photo © Diana Smith.
Figure 2. The violet coloration fades away as the
age. Photo © John Plischke III.
Figure 3. Photo © John Plischke III.
Figure 4. Inrolled cap margin on a young
Lentinus torulosus. Photo © Diana Smith.