Lundell's False Tinder

Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii) Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii) Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii)

Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Hymenochaetales
  • Family: Hymenochaetaceae (Hymenochetes)
  • Genus: Phellinus (Fellinus)
  • Species: Phellinus lundellii (Lundell's tinder fungus)


  • Fellinus Lundella

  • Ochroporus lundellii

Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii)


Fruit bodies are perennial, from fully extended to triangular in cross section (narrow upper surface and strongly sloping hymenophore, width of the upper surface 2-5 cm with a hymenophore height of 3-15 cm). They often grow in groups. The upper surface has a well-defined crust (which often cracks), with narrow concentric relief zones, usually coal black, brownish or grayish at the very edge. Sometimes moss grows on it. The edge is often wavy, well defined, and sharp.

The fabric is rusty-brown, dense, woody.

The surface of the hymenophore is smooth, dull brownish shades. The hymenophore is tubular, the tubules are layered, rusty-brown mycelium. The pores are round, very small, 4-6 per mm.

Spores are wide-ellipsoid, with thin walls, hyaline, 4.5-6 x 4-5 microns. The hyphalous system is dimitic.

Lundell's False Polypore (Phellinus lundellii)


It grows mainly on dead deciduous wood (sometimes on living trees), mainly on birch, less often on alder, extremely rarely on maple and ash. Typical mountain taiga species, confined to more or less humid places and is an indicator of the intactness of forest biocenoses. Human does not tolerate economic activity. Found in Europe (rare in Central Europe), recorded in North America and China.

Similar species

In Phellinus laevigatus, the fruit bodies are strictly resupinate (prostrate), and the pores are even smaller – 8-10 pieces per mm. It differs from the false blackish tinder fungus (Phellinus nigricans) with a sharp edge and a much more beveled hymenophore.



Notes: the author's photo is used as the title photo for the article. The fungus has been tested microscopically. yes

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