Observation 220748: Albatrellus ovinus (Fr.) Kotl. & Pouz.

Code: Bot_922/2015_DSC9522
Habitat: alpine valley, almost flat terrain, mixed wood with dominant Picea abies and Fagus sylvatica, under a Picea abies canopy; calcareous ground; in shade, relatively humid place; partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, 4-6 deg C, elevation 960 m (3.150 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: forest soil.

Place: Zadnja Trenta valley, 50 m northwest of the parking place at the end of the access road, Zapod place, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

Comments: There are few polypores with so characteristic, aromatic and pleasant smell. To my experience only the scent of Gloeophyllum odoratum can compete with it. Once one experiences it, he will likely remember it forever.

Fungi were growing in a few groups with two to several fruit bodies, partly confluent; pilei diameter 5-8 cm; stipe 3-6 cm long and up to 1.3 cm in diameter; pore layer up to 2.8 mm thick, bruising yellow, pores 3-4/mm in average, small and round with entire dissepiments near the edge of the pilei and larger and more angular with deeply lacerate dissepiments near the stipe; pore layer has a thin darker layer above it; dried pilei hard, completely yellow; SP too faint to enable color determination.

Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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Used references: (1) L. Ryvarden, R.L. Gilbertson, European Polypores, part 1., Synopsis Fungorum 7., Fungiflora A/S (1993)(1994), p 90. (2) A. Bernicchia, S.P. Gorjon, Cortitiaceaes .i., Fungi Europaei Vol.12., Edizioni Candusso (2010), p 80.
(3) S. Buczacki, Collins Fungi Guide, Collins (2012), p 468.
(4) G.J. Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Baden-Württembergs, Band 1., Ulmer (2000), p 474.
(5) R. Phillips, Mushrooms, Macmillan (2006), p 299.
(6) Micologia e Botanica Udinese, http://www.micologiaebotanica.it/micologia.html
Based on microscopic features: Spores smooth. Dimensions: 4 [4,7 ; 5] 5,6 × 3,1 [3,6 ; 3,8] 4,2 microns; Q = 1 [1,3 ; 1,4] 1,6; N = 28; C = 95%; Me = 4,8 × 3,7 microns; Qe = 1,3. Hypha thin walled, simple septa, with irregular swellings, 4 – 30 microns in diameter. Olympus CH20, NEA 100x/1.25, magnification 1.000 x, oil; in water. AmScope MA500 digital camera.
Based on chemical features: Metzler’s reaction on pore surface blackish; taste distinctive, porridge like, strange, on what?; smell strong, pleasant, aromatic, can be detected from far; dried pilei keep characteristic smell.

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