Hirticlavula elegans, a new clavarioid fungus from Scandinavia

Authors: Petersen, Jens H. & Davey, Marie L. & Læssøe, Thomas
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 54 (2014), Issue 1, pages 1-8.
Doi: https://doi.org/10.29203/ka.2014.459
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Key words: Clavariaceae, taxonomy, phylogeny, Hirticlavula

Based on material from Denmark and Norway the new clavarioid genus Hirticlavula with one species, H. elegans, is described. It produces tiny, hyaline white basidiomata with upward pointing blunt ended hairs. Phylogenetic analysis of the LSU region of rDNA strongly supports the inclusion of this fungus in the Clavariaceae sensu stricto where it occupies a position sister to all members of Clavaria, Camarophyllopsis, and Hodophilus. It has been found from May to October fruiting on wet, rotten hardwood bark on the ground, and its lignicolous, saprophytic nutritional mode further distinguishes it from other members of the Clavariaceae.