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 Add this item to the list  Hydnodon thelephorum (Lev. )
   
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Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Hydnodon thelephorum (Lev. )
Hydnum thelephorum Leveille, Ann. Sci. Nat. III. 2: 204.1844.
Thelephora padinaeformis Montagne, Syll. Crypt. 175.1856.
Hydnum lateritium Massee, Kew Bull. 19o7: 124.1907.
In the herbarium at Paris is a specimen marked "Hydnum thelephorum Lev. Ann. Sc. Nat. 3 ser. tom. II. p. 204. Cayenne. Lev." It seems probable that this specimen is the type specimen of the species. It agrees perfectly with specimens in the New York Botanical Garden collected in Jamaica, Murrill 691, and in the Bahamas, Brace 4833. The species is very distinct and well marked, not at all likely to be confused with anything else. In fact, so peculiar are its characters that it has seemed necessary to treat it as the type of a new genus. The spore characters show a relationship to Phellodon, Auriscalpium and Gloiodon, but the substance and structure of the pileus show more of an affiliation with Hydnum.
Thelephora padinaeformis Mont. is represented in the herbarium of the Paris Museum by a specimen marked "Thelephora padinaeformis Mont. Crypt. Guy. NO. 401. Guyane Francaise. Legonier No. 914 (1850)." It seems altogether probable that this is the type specimen. It is precisely the same form as Leveille's specimen. There are with this several other specimens of the same species also collected in Guyane Francaise which are much larger and show the characters of the plant remarkably well. It is a unique species, sui generis.
I have not seen the type of H. lateritium Mass., but his description appears to indicate the above species in every particular. Massee's specimens were from the "Gold Coast," Africa, and give an interesting extension of the distribution of this species.
 
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