E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Antrodia sinuosa (Fr.) P. Karst.
no common name

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

© Adolf Ceska  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #23371)

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Species Information

Antrodia sinuosa is usually recognized in field by irregular, often dentate pores and pale sordid-brown color when dry. Other features include flat growth on conifer wood with the pore surface exposed, a narrow white margin, tough texture, a bitter taste, and microscopic characters. The current name in the online Species Fungorum, accessed November 16, 2020, was Amyloporia sinuosa, but the current name listed in MycoBank on the same day was Antrodia sinuosa. The description is derived from Gilbertson(1) except where noted.

Antrodia sinuosa has been found in BC, WA, OR, ID, AB, NS, ON, PQ, SK, AK, AZ, CO, GA, MD, MI, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, SD, UT, and VT - it is "Circumpolar in the boreal conifer zone", and "widely distributed through northern Asia to western Europe".
flat on wood with pore surface exposed, often widely spread out, up to 0.3cm thick, tough and hard when dry, separable, margin narrow to almost lacking; "pore surface white to wood-colored or pale sordid brown by drying", margin white
about 0.1cm thick, cottony tough; white
1-3(4) per mm, "angular to sinuous, entire to dentate, in drying often cracking and split to form semilabyrinthiform configurations", "white to wood-colored or pale sordid brown by drying"; tube layer up to 0.5cm thick, colored as pore surface
spores 4-6 x 1-2 microns, cylindric to suballantoid [somewhat sausage-shaped], inamyloid; basidia 11-15 x 4-5 microns, clavate; cystidia "none, but fusoid, non-projecting cystidioles often present among the basidia, 12-20 x 3-4 microns"; hyphal system dimitic, generative hyphae 2-4.5 microns wide, thin-walled, with clamp connections, skeletal hyphae 2-5 microns wide, colorless, "thick-walled to semisolid, sinuous to straight, occasionally branched", more common in context than in trama
Spore Deposit:
white (Buczacki)

Habitat / Range

annual, dead conifers, and often on burnt logs, rarely on hardwoods, causes a brown cubical rot on conifers, (Buczacki), all year (Buczacki)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Polyporus sinuosus Fr.
Polyporus vaporarius Fr.

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Species References

Gilbertson(1), Buczacki(1)*, Ginns(28)*

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