Description of ectomycorrhiza and a new Central European locality of the rare hydnoid species Sarcodon leucopus (Pers.) Maas Geest. et Nannf. (Thelephorales, Basidiomycota)
Mleczko, Piotr; Zubek, Szymon; Kozak, Maciej
Sarcodon leucopus is a rare hydnoid species in Europe, associated mostly with coniferous forests. Pine and spruce are the main ectomycorrhizal partners of this fungus. The species was recorded from several countries and is frequently placed on red lists. Basidiomata of S. leucopus were found in a mixed beech-spruce forest in Southern Poland in 2004 and 2006. This is the first record of this species in Poland and the first one after 30 years in the north Carpathians. In the present paper we describe basidiomata of this species and characterise morphological and anatomical features of its ectomycorrhizae with spruce. We also discuss the distribution and ecological requirements of S. leucopus.