Genus Aleurodiscus Rabenh. ex J. Schröt.

[etymology = flour disc]

This is a varied group of saprobes on plants. There are about 85 species in the broad sense. Those growing on the dead bark of living trees are considered parasites by some authors. Some of the species in North America are listed below.

  1. Aleurodiscus amorphus (on conifers)
  2. Aleurodiscus cerussatus
  3. Aleurodiscus grantii
  4. Aleurodiscus mesaverdensis
  5. Aleurodiscus oakesii (common on oak)
  6. Aleurodiscus penicillatus

Taxon Details and Links

  • Aleurodiscus Rabenh. ex J. Schröt., Kryptogamen-Flora von Schlesien 3-1(4): 429 (1888). Type: Peziza amorpha Pers., Synopsis methodica fungorum: 657 (1801).
This genus is paraphyletic and will need to have segregate genera defined. Our common Aleurodiscus oakesii is not directly related to the type species A. amorphus.
A. oakesii - Tom Volk
A. oakesii - Michael Kuo
A. oakesii as A. wakefieldiae - Gary Emberger
Dai, L.-D., S.-H. Wu, K. K. Nakasone, H. H. Burdsall Jr., S.-H. He. 2017. Two new species of Aleurodiscus s.l. (Russulales, Basidiomycota) on bamboo from tropics Mycoscience 58(3): 213-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.myc.2017.02.001.
Wu, S.-H., D. S. Hibbett, and M. Binder 2001. Phylogenetic Analyses of Aleurodiscus s.l. and Allied Genera. Mycologia 93(4): 720-731. DOI: 10.2307/3761826
Index Fungorum

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