Saw-leaf scaly (Sleeper mushroom) (Neolentinus lepideus) photo and description

Scaly Sawfoot (Neolentinus lepideus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Polyporales
  • Family: Polyporaceae (Polyporous)
  • Genus: Neolentinus (Neolentinus)
  • Species: Neolentinus lepideus (Skeletal leaflet (Sleeper mushroom))


  • Sleep mushroom

  • Lentinus lepideus

Scaly sawfoot

Hat: at first, the mushroom cap has a convex shape, in the process of maturation it flattens and takes on a funnel-shaped shape. The surface of the cap is dry, yellow, light brown or grayish white with medium-sized brown or brown scales. The cap reaches 3-12 cm in diameter.

Leg: 6 cm high. 1-2.5 cm wide. The central leg is eccentrically located, cylindrical in shape. To the bottom, the leg narrows slightly, can be tapered elongated, whitish in color with scales of red or reddish-brown color.

Flesh: firm, tough with a pleasant mushroom smell; in an adult mushroom, the flesh becomes woody.

Plates: descending along the stem, grayish-white or yellowish. Serrated along the edges. The presence of conspicuous denticles is considered the main distinguishing feature of the sawfoot.

Spore powder: white.

Edible: the mushroom can be eaten, but only at a young age, while the pulp is still soft enough, ripe mushrooms are not suitable for eating. There is no information about the toxicity of the fungus.

Similarity: May be confused with other similar large flakes and saw-leaves, which are characterized by low nutritional quality and are inedible.

Distribution: occurs on coniferous tree stumps and deadwood, as well as on telegraph poles and railroad sleepers. Grows singly or in small groups. Fruiting from early June to September. Fruit bodies germinate very slowly, adorning the pillars and trunks with their presence for a long time.

Video about the mushroom Saw-leaf scaly:

Notes: Sawfoot is one of the most serious destroyers, as it can exist on specially treated wood of posts and sleepers, destroying it.

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