Polypore survey of Finland 2. The genus Phellinus

Authors: Niemelä, Tuomo & Kotiranta, Heikki
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 22 (1982), Issue 2, pages 27-42.
Doi: https://doi.org/10.29203/ka.1982.213
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Abstract:  Distribution maps are presented for all the species of Phellinus occurring in Finland and host plant statistics are given for each species. The ecological characteristics and pathogemcity of the species are discussed, and an evaluation made of their economic Importance as pathogens and wood-rotting fungi on merchantable timber and ornamental trees and shrubs.
At present 18 species of Phellinus are known to occur in Finland, 13 on deciduous and 5 on coniferous trees. The most important hardwood-decaying species is P. igniarius (L.) Quél., followed by P. tremulae (Bond.) Bond. & Borisov, which infects Populus tremula. Of the conifer-decaying species, the most harmful is P. chrysoloma (Fr.) Donk (on Picea abies, especially in northern Finland), followed by a much less important species, P. pini (Brat.) A. Ames on Pinus sylvestris. The generic concept of Phellinus is briefly discussed, and some author citations are altered in the specific names according to the changes in the Code of Nomenclature enacted in 1981.