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Remarks (public):Albatrellus confluens is recognized by its large, pinkish buff basidiocarps. 
Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Albatrellus confluens (Fr.) Kotl. & Pouzar, Ceska Mykol. 11:154, 1957. - Polyporus confluens Fr., Syst. Mycol. 1:355, 1821.
Basidiocarps annual, centrally to laterally stipitate, usually confluent, pileus convex, circular to flabelliform or lobed and contorted, up to 15 cm wide and 3 cm thick, margin deflexed; pilear surface pinkish buff, sometimes with yellow or grey tints when fresh, becoming salmon pink on drying, pitted, finely tomentose, azonate, later glabrous and becoming areolate, drying rugose; stipe short and thick, branched, irregular, cream-coloured to pinkish buff when fresh, glabrous, becoming salmon pink and rugose on drying, up to 6 cm long and 2 cm thick; pore surface cream-coloured when fresh, slowly becoming salmon pink after drying, pores circular to angular, 3-5 per mm, with thick, fimbriate dissepiments that become thin and lacerate, tubes concolorous with the pore surface, up to 3 mm long,
decurrent on the stipe; context cream-coloured, drying pale pinkish tan with a darker reddish zone above the tubes, soft and fleshy when fresh, drying hard and resinous, up to 2 cm thick near the stipe; odour pleasant, taste somewhat bitter. Hyphal system monomitic; generative hyphae with simple septa and numerous conspicuous clamps, hyaline, thin-walled in the trama and up to 3-5 µm wide, with frequent branching, staining brightly in phloxine, in the context highly irregular and with variable width, 4-50 p.m wide, fragmenting and collapsing in sections from dried specimens and not readily separable; gloeopleurous hyphae also present, appearing refractive in Melzer's reagent and staining in phloxine, contorted with bulbous swellings, 4-18 µm wide.
Basidia clavate, often bent sharply at the base, 20-25 x 6-7.5 µm, with four sterigmata.
Basidiospores ovoid to ellipsoid, weakly amyloid, slightly thick-walled, 4-5 x 2.53.5 µm.
Substrata. On the ground in coniferous forests, usually close to Pinus spp. Distribution. Cosmopolitan in coniferous forest ecosystems. In East Asia known from China and Japan.
 
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