Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 301, Issue 7, pp 1887–1896 | Cite as

Phellinus piptadeniae (Hymenochaetales: Hymenochaetaceae): taxonomy and host range of a species with disjunct distribution in South American seasonally dry forests

  • Carlos A. Salvador-Montoya
  • Gerardo L. Robledo
  • Domingos Cardoso
  • Marco A. Borba-Silva
  • Mariana Fernandes
  • Elisandro R. Drechsler-Santos
Original Article


Phellinus piptadeniae (Hymenochaetaceae, Hymenochaetales) as currently accepted is characterized by having applanate to ungulate basidiome with the pilear surface concentrically sulcate, radially cracked in old specimens, and a sinuous black line in the context. The species has been recorded in seasonally dry forests of different Brazilian domains, often associated with legume hosts. It occurs highly specifically associated with Piptadenia gonoacantha in semideciduous forest of the Atlantic Forest domain in southeastern Brazil. In the Caatinga dry woodlands, northeastern Brazil, Phellinus piptadeniae occurs as host recurrent of different Piptadenia species. During recent polypore surveys, specimens that are morphologically similar to the type were collected in seasonally dry tropical forests (SDTFs) of northwestern Peru also on legume hosts (Libidibia glabrata and Pithecellobium excelsum). In this paper, we discuss the morphological variation, host range, and distribution of Phellinus piptadeniae in the context of the historical biogeography of the neotropical SDTF biome. Some taxonomic implications that should be further investigated in a molecular phylogenetic framework are also addressed.


Atlantic Forest Brazil Caatinga Peru Polypore 



The first author thanks José Cándido, Ana Vargas Celi, and Cindy F. Ruíz Febre for the important contribution during fieldwork. We thank the curators of USM and FLOR herbaria for providing access to collections; Tiina Särkinen for kindly making available the modeled map of the SDTF biome; to those responsible for the studied collecting areas; two anonymous reviewers for critically reading the manuscript; and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for providing a master’s scholarship to the first author (CAPES/PPGFAP/UFSC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos A. Salvador-Montoya
    • 1
  • Gerardo L. Robledo
    • 2
  • Domingos Cardoso
    • 3
  • Marco A. Borba-Silva
    • 1
  • Mariana Fernandes
    • 4
  • Elisandro R. Drechsler-Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Botânica, Centro de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal, Laboratorio de Micología, CC495Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-CONICETCórdobaArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Federal da BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Microbiologia e Imunologia, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade Estadual PaulistaSão PauloBrazil

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