The genus Lentodium, with its single species L. squamulosum, was established by Morgan (1895) to accommodate a fungus which had then been known for half a century. It was sent to Berkeley from Ohio by Lea in 1845 or earlier; Berkeley commented on it in that year (1845, p. 302) in the following terms: "*Lentinus tigrinus, Fr. A most remarkable state of this species has been found by Mr. Lea (n. 245) in which the gills have anastomosed, until the whole pileus and gills have become a hard, solid mass. At first sight it has quite the appearance of a new genus; but I am convinced that it is merely a very curious state of our European species." In Lea's catalogue (1849, p. 56), there is a similar, but briefer comment. Later, Berkeley (1860, p. 59) again refers to it: "In some cases [referring to agaries] the pileus, though developed, is never perfected, as in a curious form of Lentinus tigrinus not uncommon in the United States, where the whole forms a firm mass, suggesting, with its intricate abortive gills, some new genus, rather than that to which it really belongs."
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Martin, G. W.
"On Lentodium squamulosum,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 63(1), 280-286.
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