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Shiitake mushroom
Scientific classification
Genus: Lentinula
Species: edodes
Lentinula edodes
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is free
stipe is bare

spore print is white

to buff
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: choice

The shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes or Lentinula edodes), also known as Chinese black mushroom or black forest mushroom, is an edible mushroom typically grown on the shii tree. Two Chinese variant names for high grades of shiitake are dōnggū ("winter mushroom") and huāgū ("flower mushroom," which has a flower-like cracking pattern on the mushroom's upper surface); both are produced at colder temperatures.

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