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Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Lentinus sajor-caju Fr. Figure 14 Epicr. (1838) 393; Pegler, Fl. Ill. Champ. Afr. Centr. fasc. 1 (1972) 19, pl. V,VI, with synonymy; Pegler, Kavaka 3 (1975) 11-20.
Agaricus sajor-caju Fr., Syst. Myc. 1 (1821) 175.
Pileus 3-20 cm wide, convex with umbilicate centre, then infundibuliform or excentric and flabelliform, dry, smooth or often with small appressed squamules in the centre, often minutely and innately streaked, white, cream-colour, pale ochraceous, more or less fuliginous, or brownish, very variable in colour; margin incurved, then straight, smooth. Stem 0.8-4 cm x 5-15 mm, central, excentric, or lateral, short, cylindric, base abrupt, concolorous with the pileus; ring 1-3 mm wide, firm, with entire edge, developed from the stem around the primordial pileus and free from it, often absent. Gills deeply decurrent, very crowded, narrow, 0.3-2 mm wide, 3-5 ranks, not dichotomous or only near the stem-apex, minutely hispidulous with hyphal pegs, concolorous with the pileus but often pallid, darker fuscous towards the entire edge. Flesh thin, tough, pliant. Smell none, fungussy, or of fenugreek.
On dead and fallen trunks and branches in the forest and in the open. Tropical Africa, Asia, Australasia, common; edible when young.
Spores 5.5-7.5 x 1.7-2.5 ? white, smooth, subcylindric, inamyloid, aguttate. Cheilocystidia as sterile basidia, often clustered. Pleurocystidia none.
Hyphae as in L. squarrosulus. Gill-trama with radiate construction. Surface of the pileus and stem without tomentum, the generative hyphae forming a fairly thick superficial layer without skeletals, in coloured pilei with brownish walls and patchy brownish incrustation.
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