New fungus species discovered in national park

Pycnoporellus fulgens (Fr.) Donk, CC BY-SA 3.0

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Unique mushroom discovered in Drents-Friese Wold

A unique mushroom has been discovered in the Drents-Friese Wold National Park. The Pycnoporellus fulgens, as the fungus is officially called, has never been found in the Netherlands and therefore has no Dutch name.

According to mushroom experts, the orange fungus normally only occurs in coniferous forests that have been left alone for a long time. The species is also rare in other European countries. It is found mainly in the middle level mountains in Northern and Central Europe.

“This discovery shows that the beautiful, old spruce woodlands in Drenthe are now comparable to the natural, untouched forests in Scandinavia“, says mycologist Rob Chrispijn, who found the fungus.

The mushroom has not yet been seen in countries bordering the Netherlands. The Dutch Mycological Association is still investigating how the mushroom ended up here, writes RTV Drenthe.

See also here.

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