Public Description of Sarcodon imbricatus (L.) P. Karst.

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Name: Sarcodon imbricatus (L.) P. Karst.
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Thelephorales
Family: Bankeraceae

General Description:

Cap brown with brown scales appearing to be outlined in white; disc always depressed to infundibuliform or hollow, scales in center pointed almost straight upwards, scales near margin can be large. Stalk is generally longer than the diameter of the cap giving it a long leggy appearance. The stalk is cylindrical or often slightly bulbous at the base and the apex is not paler than the rest of the stalk. The spines are not decurrent, long ( 5-15 mm) and brown in color. Context is dirty whitish-brownish and never darker in the base of the stalk. Odor is foul or disagreeable sour and the taste is slightly bitter. The habitat is with SPRUCE. Lacking water soluble blue pigments for dyeing wool, silk and other textiles. KOH not blackening flesh. Clamp connections on the hyphae.

The above description was provided by Darvin DeShazer in a small key he created to differentiate between Sarcodon imbricatus, S. squamosus and S. scabrosus based on Johannesson, Hanna, Svengunnar Ryman, Hjordis Lundmark and Eric Danell. 1999. Sarcodon imbricatus and S. squamosus – two confused species. Mycol. Res. 103 (11): 1447-1452.


Appears to be widely distributed where spruce grow in the northern hemisphere. The name is originally for a European collection and the name is regularly applied (though often incorrectly) in the western US and other areas.


Spruce forests.

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Used for dyeing fabrics. Not considered edible due to the bitter taste.


Published as Sarcodon imbricatum, but since Sarcodon is masculine this is essentially considered a typo and the generally accepted name is Sarcodon imbricatus.

Photos: Arora (1987) p. 619 & plate 159; Arora (1991) p. 205; Barron (1999) p. 124; Bossenmaier (1997) p. 67B1; Breitenbach & Kranzlin (1986) p. 233; Cetto (1980a) p. 326; Dahncke (2001) p. 1045; Dahncke & Dahncke (1979) p. 624; Evenson (1997) p. 170; Harrison (1961) p. 51 #9; Phillips (2005) p. 277; Smith & Weber (1980) p. 70; Tylutki (1987) p. 150.

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Description authors: Nathan Wilson, Darvin DeShazer (Request Authorship Credit)

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