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Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Hericium alpestre Pers., Mycol. eur. (Erlanga) 2: 151, 1825.
Basidiome pileate, fleshy, branched, very wide, hymenophore hydnoid, with branched spines up to 2 cm long, cream coloured. Hyphal system monomitic, hyphae with clamps, hyaline, in some specimens amyloid, often inflated. Gloeoplerous hyphae and gloeocystidia present, with a yellowish, oily content, more or less sulfo-positive. Basidia clavate, 20-25 x 4-6 µm, with 4-sterigmata, and a basal clamp. Basidiospores broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, 5-6.5 x 4.5-5.5 µm, minutely verrucose, amyloid.
Distribution in Europe: Poland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, and Ukraine. Known from Trentino Alto-Adige, Emilia-Romagna, and Toscana in Italy.
Substrata: very often on trunks of Abies alba lying on the ground, but sometimes on still standing trees.
 
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