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Field characters

Pileus: brownish, with tough flesh and an acrid or bitter taste
Annulus: absent
Stipe: eccentric, lateral or lacking
Stature: Pleurotoid
Ecology: saprophyte on wood

Micro characters

Basidiospores: finely warted or spiny, amlyloid
Hyphae: oleiferous and amyloid
Cystidia: pleuro and cheilocystidia present
Spore Print: white
Lamellae: adnate to decurrent, toothed
Lamellar Trama: regular
Pileipellis: rectocutis, tomentum or trichoderm (


Lentinellus is similar to Lentinus, but Lentinus has inamyloid, smooth spores. Both have serrate gills.

The basiomata, at least in our specimens, are smallish and easily overlooked.

The serrate gills and amyloid spores distinguish this genus.