Lentinellus ursinus

This mushroom is stalkless, with a densely hairy, brownish cap with toothed whitish gills (A shows the hairy cap, B shows the gills). Its cap is 1-4 inches wide. It is fan to kidney shaped with an incurved margin. It is reddish brown and paler toward the margin. The gills have ragged or serrated edges to them (B).

This mushroom is found in summer and fall to early winter. It is found alone or in overlapping clusters on wood, usually oak. In Fontenelle Forest it is uncommon having been found only in a couple of places including at the entrance to Mormon Hollow.

Its stalkless fan-shaped fruiting bodies might be mistaken for small oyster mushrooms. However its hairy brown caps and ragged gill edges help to distinguish it.

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