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Hygrophorus betulae, a new species described from subalpine birch forest in Finland

Journal article
Authors Ellen Larsson
Katriina Bendiksen
Published in Karstenia
Volume 58
Pages 1-9
ISSN 0453-3402
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 1-9
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.29203/ka.2020.48...
Keywords host preference, Hygrophoraceae, molecular systematics, taxonomy, woodwaxes
Subject categories Biological Systematics

Abstract

A new species, Hygrophorus betulae, associ- ated with Betula pubescens is described from the subalpine zone of northern Finland. The molecular phylogenetic analysis shows that it is closely related to H. mesotephrus, a species described from England and associated with Fagus. In morphology H. betulae is character- ized by the small glutinous basidiomata and the pale pileus with an olive-grey disc zone. The colour of the disc zone is similar to that of H. olivaceoalbus. The species seems to be rare or may be overlooked because of the small and pale appearance.

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