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Neolentinus lepideus (Fr.) Redhead & Ginns, Trans. Mycol. Soc. Japan 26(3): 357 (1985)

Agaricus tubaeformis Schaeff., Fung. bavar. palat. nasc. (Ratisbonae) 4: 65 (1774)
Agaricus suffrutescens Brot., Fl. lusit.: 466 (1804)
Agaricus lepideus Fr., Observ. mycol. (Leipzig) 1: 21 (1815)
Lentinus lepideus (Fr.) Fr., Epicr. syst. mycol. (Upsaliae): 390 (1838) [1836-1838]
Lentinus suffrutescens (Brot.) Fr., Epicr. syst. mycol. (Uppsala): 393 (1838) [1836-1838]
Lentinus contiguus Fr., Hymenomyc. eur. (Upsaliae): 482 (1874)
Lentinus squamosus (Schaeff.) Quél., Fl. Mycol. France (Paris): 328 (1888)
Lentinus lepideus var. hibernicus McArdle, J. Bot. Lond. 47: 444 (1909)
Lentinus lepideus var. contiguus (Fr.) Rea, Brit. basidiomyc. (Cambridge): 538 (1922)
Panus lepideus (Fr.) Corner, Beih. Nova Hedwigia 69: 64 (1981)

Habitat: Weakly parasitic then saprotrophic. On wood of conifers such as Pinus spp., and rarely Taxus, and on worked wood such as railway sleepers, fence posts etc., especially when treated with creosote. Reported on Sambucus nigra but the host is unlikely and not verified.

Notes: Occasional but widespread. Previously an important cause of decay in treated timber (railway sleepers, fence posts, telegraph poles etc.). The species has a high tolerance to creosote. Also well known for forming 'monstrous' basidiomes, often taking the f.

Distribution: E: o, S: o, W: o

Vouchers: England: K(M) 58490; Scotland: K(M) 81610; Wales: K(M) 81612

Descriptions, Lists & Icons:
D+I:, in Breitenbach, J., Kränzlin, F., Fungi of Switzerland Boletes and agarics (1st part) 3: 361 pp. (1991), p. 208, pl. 238
D:, in Hansen, L. & Knudsen, H., Nordic Macromycetes Polyporales, Boletales, Agaricales, Russulales. 2: 474 pp. (1992), p. 47
D+I:, in Bon, M., The Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and North-western Europe: 352 pp. (1987), p. 123
D:, in Watling, R. & Gregory, N.M., British Fungus Flora. Agarics and Boleti: 6 Crepidotaceae, Pleurotaceae and other pleurotoid agarics 6: 157 pp. (1989), as Lentinus lepideus, p. 18
D+I:, Flora Agaricina Neerlandica 1: Critical Monographs of Families of Agarics and Boleti occuring in the Netherlands Entolomataceae, (Ed.: C.Bas, Th.W. Kuyper, M.E. Noordeloos & E.C. Vellinga) 1: 182 pp. (1988), as Lentinus lepideus, p. 28

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