Observation 48136: Polyporus leptocephalus (Jacq.) Fr.
When: 2010-07-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Genus changed to Royoporus in 1997? Give us a break! It was a Polyporus since Schweinitz (1832), and why do polypores need so many genera anyway? Because people will pay to study them, I guess. But a new genus in 1997 for 3 species, based on a paper that found them in Calcutta? Well, it was one species until 1997, and now it is 3. But why would people want to let this Mr. He change the genus of this mushroom to one he erected, and then transferred one species a year to for three years. I could see no compelling reason to do so in his paper. He says that he proposes the change. Why would people pay attention to him? Imazeki already changed the genus to Polyporellus in 1989. What makes this name better? Bah, humbug.

cap 8.3×5.2 cm. stem ~1 cm. black

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:27 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Belmont Woods, Lafayette Co., WI, USA’ to ‘Belmont Mound Woods State Natural Area, Lafayette Co., Wisconsin, USA

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-07-06 00:36:56 PDT (-0700)

Steve, you mean that the old mycologists in the 19:th century were right all along, calling ALL polypores Polyporus?
Why not do like some did before that, include the boletes and call everything with pores Boletus? Or before that, include all fungi and call them Agaricus..?

In this case, after phylogenetic studies of the genus Polyporus,
http://www.mycologia.org/cgi/content/full/100/4/603
there is an obvious choice: either split the different clades in several new genera, or include others, like Lentinus and Datronia, in Polyporus.
Perhaps other genera would end up there too. I don’t know if we see the whole picture in this report.

name game
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-07-05 14:07:58 PDT (-0700)

I learned it as Polyporus picipes amd the beat goes on…

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