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by Michael Kuo
This infrequently described coral mushroom has a white spore print and fairly tough flesh--features that help to define the genus Lentaria. Lentaria micheneri is found in eastern North America under oaks, beech, or pines; it differs from the better known and more widely distributed Lentaria byssiseda in its much shorter spores.
Ecology: Uncertain; possibly mycorrhizal, but with a growth pattern and copious, spreading mycelium suggestive of a saprobe; growing in leaf litter or needle duff; appearing alone or scattered; summer and fall; possibly widely distributed in eastern North America (precise range uncertain since it is probably often identified as Lentaria byssiseda).
Fruiting Body: 2-4 cm high; 1-2.5 cm wide; base well developed; branching repeatedly.
Branches: Vertically oriented; tightly packed; smooth or very finely velvety in patches; very pale orange, becoming orangish buff to yellowish or pale tan; tips colored like the branches, often sharp and forked.
Base: Fairly well developed; white below; colored like the branches above; attached to copious white mycelium.
Flesh: Whitish; tough.
Odor and Taste: Odor not distinctive; taste bitter.
Spore Print: White.
Chemical Reactions: Iron salts green on branches.
Microscopic Features: Spores 8-9 x 3-4 µ; stretched-elliptical; smooth. Clamp connections present. Thick-walled hyphae present.
Lentaria patouillardii is in my opinion probably the same species (absent any data from contemporary study); it differs only in its skinnier spores, which measure 7-10 x 2-2.5 µ.
Further Online Information:
Lentaria micheneri at Roger's Mushrooms
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Kuo, M. (2009, May). Lentaria micheneri. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/lentaria_micheneri.html