Lentinus connatus Berk.
Index Fungorum number: 169692
When fully grown, the sporocarp of Lentinus connatus is applanate to deeply cyathiform, white to pale ochraceous, white in context and measures up to 20 cm in diameter and 8 cm high with a dry, leathery pileus surface. The solid stipe is cylindrical, extends up to 15 cm high, is eccentric or lateral and the white surface becomes greyish brown or darker. A ring does not form on the stipe.
Use: A good edible mushroom when the sporocarps are young.
Time of fruiting: This species normally appears throughout the rainy season. In Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka and China, June and July are the best time for this species.
Habitat: Grows on decaying wood, is mostly as a cluster, often on stumps, buried wood, and apparently on dead roots, in open and lowland and mountain forest at an altitude of 1,500 m, mostly associated with forest with Quercus, Castanopsis and Lithocarpus echinops.
Distribution: This species has been recorded in India, China and south-east Asia. It is eaten in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Laos.
Fig. 1 The basidiomata of Lentinus connatus in the field.
Mortimer P. E., X J., Karunarathna S. C. & Hyde K. D. 2014–Mushrooms for trees and people: a field guide to useful mushrooms of the Mekong region. Kunming: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
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