Panus conchatus

Scientific namePanus conchatus (Bull.) Fr. 
Derivation of name:   Torul- means "tuft of hairs," osus
means "full of.'
Synonyms: Lentinus torulosus (Pers.) Lloyd; Agaricus
conchatus
Bull.; Panus torulosus (Pers.) Fr.; Lentinus
conchatus
(Bull.) J. Schrot. 
Common name(s):  
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Polyporales
Family:   Polyporaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic;solitary to
clustered on decaying deciduous logs and stumps; May
through November.    
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
to buff
Spore print: White.
Stipe: Violet at first, fading to pale tan; velvety to fuzzy at
least at base; central to mostly eccentric or lateral.
Veil: Absent.
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
speciemens age. Photo © John Plischke III.


Figure 3. Photo © John Plischke III.


Figure 4. Inrolled cap margin on a young specimen of
Lentinus torulosus. Photo © Diana Smith.

 

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