Picipes badius (formerly Royoporus badius), commonly known as the black-footed polypore or black-leg, is a species of fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It causes a white rot of hardwoods and conifers. The species is found in temperate areas of Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. It has a dark brown or reddish-brown cap that reaches a diameter of 25 cm (9.8 in), and a stipe that is often completely black or brown at the top and black at the base.

Picipes badius
Specimens showing light coloring (above) and darker pigmentation (below) a few days later
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Polyporales
Family: Polyporaceae
Genus: Picipes
P. badius
Binomial name
Picipes badius
(Pers.) Zmitr. & Kovalenko (2016)
  • Boletus durus Timm (1788)
  • Boletus batschii J.F.Gmel. (1792)
  • Boletus badius Pers. (1801)
  • Grifola badia (Pers.) Gray (1821)
  • Polyporus badius (Pers.) Schwein. (1832)
  • Polyporus picipes Fr. (1838)
  • Polyporus durus (Timm) Kreisel (1984)
  • Polyporellus badius (Pers.) Imazeki (1989)
  • Royoporus badius (Pers.) De (1997)

Taxonomy edit

The species was first described in the scientific literature in 1801 by Christian Hendrik Persoon, who named it Boletus badius.[2] American mycologist Lewis David de Schweinitz transferred the species to Polyporus in 1832, and it was known by this name until 1997, when De transferred the species into the genus Royoporus,[3] which he had described the year before.[4] Polyporaceae species that are closely phylogenetically related to Picipes badius include Polyporus dictyopus, Polyporus melanopus, and Polyporus tubaeformis, which have clamp connections on generative hyphae and a similar ecology.[5] Zmitrovich & Kovalenko proposed the new genus Picipes for this fungus together with P. melanopus and P. tubaeformis and according to Species Fungorum Picipes badius is now the correct current name. [6]

The specific epithet badius derives from the Latin root badi-, meaning "reddish brown".[7] The common names "black-footed polypore"[8] and "black-leg" refer to its characteristic dark-colored stipe.[7]

Description edit

The mushroom's common names refer to its blackish stipe.

The fruit bodies of Picipes badius tend to be upright, growing solitary or in groups, sometimes with two or more fruit bodies arising from a common stipe. The cap is circular or kidney-shaped, and often lobed or with a wavy edge.

When young, the fruit bodies are convex, then become flat or funnel-shaped in maturity, reaching dimensions of 5–25 cm (2.0–9.8 in) across by 1–4 mm (0.04–0.16 in) thick. The upper cap surface is smooth and glossy, but develops radial wrinkles as it ages. The color of the cap is brown, often darker in the center and lighter-colored at the margins. The under-surface is white or cream-colored, yellowing when old. Pores are round and number 6–8 per mm, with decurrent tubes (running down the length of the stipe). The stipe, attached to the cap either centrally or laterally, is 2–8 cm (0.8–3.1 in) long by 0.5–1.5 cm (0.2–0.6 in) thick, velvety and dark brown to blackish-brown, black and longitudinally wrinkled when old.[9] The fruit bodies are inedible because of their tough texture.[7]

The spores are ellipsoid or cylindrical, hyaline (translucent), smooth, and 7.5–9 by 3–5 µm. The basidia (spore-bearing cells) are club-shaped with a narrow base, and have dimensions of 20–30 by 7–9 µm. Like other members of the genus Polyporus, this species has a dimitic hyphal construction, meaning that the hyphae are made of both generative hyphae and skeleto-ligative hyphae, a feature which tends to make the mushroom tissue hard and woody. There are no cystidia in the hymenium.[10] The fungus has been shown to produce asexual spores when grown in pure culture conditions.[11]

Habitat and distribution edit

Picipes badius is a saprobic species, and causes white rot.[12] It grows on the standing or fallen trunks and branches of various hardwood genera, including Acer, Aesculus, Alnus, Betula, Castanea, Fagus, Fraxinus, Populus, Prunus, Robinia, Quercus, Salix, Tilia and Ulmus. The fungus grows in temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America.[10]

References edit

Picipes badius
 Pores on hymenium
   Cap is convex or umbilicate
 Stipe is bare
Spore print is white
 Ecology is saprotrophic
 Edibility is inedible
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  3. ^ De AB. (1997). "Taxonomy of Royoporus badius comb. nov". Mycotaxon. 65: 469–74.
  4. ^ De AB. (1996). "Royoporus – a new genus for Favolus spathulatus". Mycotaxon. 60: 143–8.
  5. ^ Sotome K, Hattori T, Ota Y (2011). "Taxonomic study on a threatened polypore, Polyporus pseudobetulinus, and a morphologically similar species, P. subvarius". Mycoscience. 52 (5): 319–26. doi:10.1007/s10267-011-0111-x. S2CID 84509141.
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  8. ^ Tylukti EE. (1987). Mushrooms of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Vol. 2 Non-gilled Hymenomycetes. Moscow, Idaho: The University of Idaho Press. pp. 199–200. ISBN 0-89301-097-9.
  9. ^ Ellis JB, Ellis MB (1990). Fungi without Gills (Hymenomycetes and Gasteromycetes): An Identification Handbook. London, UK: Chapman and Hall. p. 156. ISBN 0-412-36970-2.
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  11. ^ Ingold CT. (1987). "Asexual spores of Polyporus squamosus and P. badius". Transactions of the British Mycological Society. 87 (4): 613–6. doi:10.1016/s0007-1536(86)80101-2.
  12. ^ Kuo M. (November 2004). "Polyporus badius". MushroomExpert.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)