Panus conchatus

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Panus conchatus

20 August 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonymns

Lentinus torulosus, Panus torulosus

Cap

Funnel or shell shaped, smooth to finely velvety, margin incurved, pinkish lilac when young, then mid to pale brown, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Distant, decurrent, forked, lilac, white or pale yellow when young, then pale brown

Stem

Eccentric or lateral, lilac, then pale brown, finely hairy at the base, mycelium white

Flesh

Tough, whitish

Smell

Pleasant

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On rotten wood from broad leaved trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, inamyloid (5.5-7) x (2.5-3.5) µm2

Edibility

Said to be edible, but tough

Notes

Conchatus means shell like. Despite the presence of gills, DNA analysis has shown that the species is closely related to polypores.

Additional Photographs

Panus conchatus

20 August 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Panus conchatus

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 20 August 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin