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Lentinus levis

No Common Name

Synonyms: Pleurotus levis, Panus strigosus

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whitish

Comments: 

The first thing you are likely to notice is the size of this mushroom. It grows to be quite large. 

Next, flip it over and look for decurrent gills. Gills not serrated like in the rest of Lentinus  This, the wood habitat, and spore color formerly placed it in Pleurotus. 

The cap is covered with a dense set of hairs, giving it a velvety texture. The stem should also be covered with these hairs. White when younger, yellowing with age. Turns a dark yellow when dry.

Edible when young.

Lookalikes:  

Pleurotus dryinus is similar when younger. It has a hairy cap but has a stem that has a weak ring on it. It will not grow as large as this mushroom. Hypsizygus sp. are also similar.

Pictures:

Lentinus levis

Lentinus levis

7/21/12 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN

Lentinus levis

8/30/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN