Mycological Progress

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 523–527 | Cite as

Galzinia oberwinkleri sp. nov.: one of the three known very rare Galzinia species with bifurcate basidiospores

  • E. LangerEmail author
  • G. Langer
Original Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical collection on Basidiomycote Mycology in honor of Franz Oberwinkler who passed away in March 2018


A new species of Galzinia (Basidiomycota, Corticiaceae s. str.) with bifurcate basidiospores is described. Galzinia oberwinkleri was found on the roots of a young orchid in a mountain rain forest in Ecuador. It is characterized by very tiny resupinate, mucous-gelatinous, and watery basidiomata with very large basidia and basidiospores that are bifurcate. A key for corticioid species with bifurcate basidiospores and illustrations of their microanatomy are presented.


Corticioid fungi Corticiaceae s. str. Bifurcate basidiospores Microanatomy Galzinia Elaphocephala 



The authors thank the herbaria PRM of the natural history museum in Prague and TENN of the University of Tennessee, USA, for the generous loans of type material.

Funding information

Financial support from the DFG LA 937/1-1 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FB 10, Dept. EcologyUniversity KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Northwest German Forest Research InstituteGöttingenGermany

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