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Bristled Sawgill

Lentinus strigosus


Three mushrooms of a magenta color with a deep depression (infundibuliform) cap. The largest was 2 cm across the cap. The cap was liberally covered with short cilia from the edge down into the depression. It had gills that run down the stipe (decurrent lamellae). I don't know enough about mushroom gills to describe them so trust the last foto will be sufficient. As these were small, and presumably young, they were very brightly colored. When they are older the color is more faded.


These grow on dead hardwood and were found on a short decomposing branch in a section of jungle being prepared for an Indian garden in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.


I would appreciate it if some fungi aficionado could tell me if it is better or more helpful to use regular words in the description or if the 25-cent words are easier to understand. This is still a very new field for me. Any hints to make identification easier would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Tukup a year ago

Thanks Neil. You have no idea how much I appreciate your comments here. I want to learn the "technical terms," but agree they should be saved for dialogues between specialists . . . which I ain't :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Amazing fungus! Well spotted, Tukup, and gorgeous photos. Regarding fungus, I tend to use basic terminology. Too technical or too much jargon, and I tend to skip over it. That's where reference links are very handy, and you can direct people to sites with more detailed information. However, anything is better than nothing. How many spottings do you see with absolutely zero details. That's just laziness, and in my mind, incomplete. You put a lot of time and effort into your spottings, and the notes are greatly appreciated.

Tukup a year ago

Machi and Mark, this fungus is the first pictured on the link. Thanks again.

Tukup a year ago

Thanks again Machi and Mark. You can see the bottom reference in the reference box. It is a link to a site run by a fungus expert. I have ordered the pamphlet on Amazon Mushrooms and can't wait to get back to the states in May and start identifying some of these. I must have taken pictures of 20-30 different kinds of fungi in that one garden plot. I got there from Machi's lead of "Panus." I guess Panus and Lentinus are synonyms. Thanks much guys. You put me onto it.

Tukup a year ago

Thanks Machi. Maybe I can find something in that genus down here. I appreciate all help.

Machi a year ago

Reminds me of Panus lecomtei, but I'm not sure of the mushrooms in that neck of the woods.

Tukup a year ago

Quite. Every log, branch or stump in that huge area cleared for platano, yuca and other typical Indian garden stuff, had some sort of fungus on it. I was overwhelmed. I hope to post them a few at a time. It's a little frustrating to not be able to identify any of them. Hopefully help will be coming when I get the ID booklet on Ecuadorian mushrooms. Meantime I'm trying to learn "mushroom vocabulary." :-) Thanks Mauna.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Very interesting!

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Spotted on Mar 23, 2019
Submitted on Mar 28, 2019

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