Albatrellus Tien Shan (Albatrellus tianschanicus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Species: Albatrellus tianschanicus (Albatrellus Tien Shan)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Scutiger Tien Shan
Scutiger Tien Shan
- Scutiger tianschanicus
- Albatrellus henanensis
Albatrellus Tien Shan – Annual mushrooms, usually solitary.
The cap of the mushroom in youth is fleshy and elastic. The cap is depressed in the center. Its diameter is 2 – 10 cm, and its thickness is up to 0.5 cm, but it becomes much thinner towards the edge. With a lack of moisture, it becomes brittle and fragile. The surface layer of the cap is wrinkled.
The cap and stem have a monomytic hyphal system. The hyphae tissues are very loosely arranged. They have thin walls. The diameter is constantly changing. It is saturated with simple partitions, the diameter is 3-8 microns. At maturity, the partitions begin to dissolve and an almost homogeneous mass is obtained.
It is covered with dark scales with a radial-concentric shape. The color of the cap is off-yellow.
The tissue of this mushroom is white. Sometimes with a yellow tint. Remarkably, when dried, the color almost does not change. With age, it becomes brittle, loose, and on the border with the hymenophore, a black line is clearly visible.
The tubules are slightly downward and inconspicuous, as they are very short in length (0.5-2 mm).
The color of the hymenophore's surface varies between brown and brown-ocher.
The pores are almost regular in shape: angular or rhombic. Notched along the edges. The density is 2-3 by 1 mm. The leg is more central. Its length is 2-4 cm, and its diameter is 0, -0.7 cm. At the base, the leg is slightly swollen. Almost no color. It has a smooth surface when fresh. And when dried, it becomes wrinkled and becomes pale terracotta in color.
Sometimes you can find brown inclusions of a substance, similar in consistency to resin, located in the area of hyphae up to 6 microns in diameter, although sometimes shorter formations. the hyphae are colored uniformly bluish, although the inclusions remain yellowish.
They are non-amyloid.
The hyphae of the legs do not differ from the hyphae of the cap of the mushroom. They have a tighter plexus and parallel arrangement. The pedicle hyphae are agglutinated and impregnated with a resinous substance.
Basidia are club-shaped, and the spores are elliptical, spherical, smooth, hyaline. They have thickened walls and are drawn obliquely near the base.
Albatrellus Tien Shan – edible when young, old specimens are tough.
Albatrellus Tien Shan is found on the soil surface of a spruce forest. Hiding among the grass. Geographical location – Kyrgyzstan, Tien Shan (height 2200m)
Photo from the site innature.kz