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2016-04-07 Lentinus tigrinus (Bull.) Fr 611877.jpg
Lentinus tigrinus, Italy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Polyporales
Family: Polyporaceae
Genus: Lentinus
Fr. (1825)[1]
Type species
Lentinus crinitus
(L.) Fr. (1825)

Lentinus is a genus of fungi in the family Polyporaceae. The genus is widely distributed, with many species found in subtropical regions.[3]

The genus name Lentinus is derived from the Latin lent, meaning "pliable", and inus, meaning "resembling".


Lentinus berteroi
Lentinus squarrosulus
Lentinus swartzii

As of July 2017, Index Fungorum accepts 120 species of Lentinus:[4]

Some molecular studies showed that some Polyporus species belong to the Lentinus-radiation.[5]


  1. ^ Fries, E.M. (1825). Systema Orbis Vegetabilis (in Latin). p. 77.
  2. ^ "Synonymy: Lentinus Fr". Species Fungorum. Kew Mycology. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  3. ^ Kirk, P.M.; Cannon, P.F.; Minter, D.W.; Stalpers, J.A. (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CAB International. p. 368. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8.
  4. ^ Kirk, P.M. "Species Fungorum (version 30th June 2017). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life". Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  5. ^ Zmitrovich, Ivan V.; Kovalenko, Alexander E. (2016). "Lentinoid and polyporoid fungi, two generic conglomerates containing important medicinal mushrooms in molecular perspective" (PDF). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. 18 (1): 23–38. doi:10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.v18.i1.40.