Lenzites elegans

Scientific name: Lenzites elegans (Spreng.) Pat.   
Derivation of name:  Lenzites is named for the
mycologist H. O. Lenz; elegans means "neat" or "elegant."
Synonymy:   Daedalea elegans Spreng.: Fr.; Daedalea
Berk.; Trametes elegans (Spreng.) Fr.
Common names:  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Polyporaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; scattered to
grouped, often overlapping on decaying deciduous wood;
July through December.  
Dimensions:  Caps 2-14 cm wide; stipes absent or
Upper surface: Whitish to grayish or pale ochraceous or
even blackish toward the base in older specimens; finely
hairy to glabrous; warted or not; often concentrically
Pore surface: Whitish, becoming pale ochraceous in age;
variable in that within the same specimen parts of the pore
surface are poroid, gill-like, and maze-like; pores 1-2 per
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments: This species is usually described as
southeastern in distribution. Collection records indicate that
its range is expanding northward.

More information at MushroomExpert.com:   

Figure 1. Upper surface of Lenzites elegans. Photo ©
Tom Volk.

Figure 2. The greenish coloration at the bases of these old
specimens is due to the growth of algae. Photo © Gary

Figure 3. The pore surface of Lenzites elegans is whitish.
Unlike Daedaleopsis confragosa which also has a maze-like
pore surface, the pore surface of Lenzites elegans does not
bruise pinkish-brown. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 4. Variation in pore surface from cap margin
to the point of attachment (at top). Photo © Gary

FIgure 5. Maze-like area of pore surface of Lenzites
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 6. Poroid area of the fertile surface of Lenzites
Photo © Gary Emberger.


Home | Shape key | Glossary

This page © 2008 by Gary Emberger, Messiah College