Polyporus alveolaris

Polyporus alveolaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Polyporales
Family: Polyporaceae
Genus: Polyporus
Species: P. alveolaris
Binomial name
Polyporus alveolaris
(DC.) Bondartsev & Singer[1]
Polyporus alveolaris
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Mycological characteristics

pores on hymenium
cap is offset
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare
spore print is white
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: inedible

Polyporus alveolaris, commonly known as the hexagonal-pored polypore,[3] is a species of fungus in the genus Polyporus. It causes a white rot of dead hardwoods. Found on sticks and decaying logs, its distinguishing features are its yellowish to orange scaly cap, and the hexagonal or diamond-shaped pores. It is widely distributed in North America, and also found in Asia, Australia, and Europe.


The first scientific description of the fungus was published in 1815 by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, under the name Merulius alveolaris.[4] A few years later in 1821 it was sanctioned by Elias Magnus Fries as Cantharellus alveolaris. It was transferred to the genus Polyporus in a 1941 publication by Appollinaris Semenovich Bondartsev and Rolf Singer.[1]

The genus name is derived from the Greek meaning "many pores", while the specific epithet alveolaris means "with small pits or hollows".[5]


The hexagonal pores are a characteristic feature

The fruit bodies of P. alveolaris are 1–10 cm (0.4–3.9 in) in diameter, rounded to kidney- or fan-shaped. Fruit bodies sometimes have stems, but they are also found attached directly to the growing surface. The cap surface is dry, covered with silk-like fibrils, and is an orange-yellow or reddish-orange color, which weathers to cream to white. The context is thin (2 mm), tough, and white. Tubes are radially elongates, with the pore walls breaking down in age. The pores are large—compared to other species in this genus—typically 0.5–3 mm wide, angular (diamond-shaped) or hexagonal; the pore surface is a white to buff color. The stipe, if present, is 0.5–2 cm long  by  1.5–5 mm thick, placed either laterally or centrally, and has a white to tan color. The pores extend decurrently on the stipe. The spore deposit is white.

Microscopic features

Spores are narrowly elliptical and smooth, hyaline, with dimensions of 11–14.5  × 4–5 µm. The basidia are club-shaped and four-spored, with dimensions of 28–42 × 7–9 µm.[6]

Similar species

Polyporus craterellus bears a resemblance to P. alveolaris, but the former species has a more prominent stalk and does not have the reddish-orange colors observed in the latter.[7]


Opinions are divided on the edibility of this species. One source describes P. alveolaris as inedible,[5] while others say "edible but tough".[8]

Habitat and distribution

Polyporus alveolaris is found growing singly or grouped together on branches and twigs of hardwoods, commonly on shagbark hickory in the spring and early summer.[9] It has been reported growing on the dead hardwoods of genera Acer,Castanea, Cornus, Corylus, Cratageus, Erica, Fagus, Fraxinus, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus, Pyrus, Robinia, Quercus, Syringa, Tilia, and Ulmus.[10]

This species is widely distributed in North America,[5][9] and has also been collected in Australia,[11] China,[12] and Europe (Czechoslovakia,[13] Italy[14] and Portugal[15]).

Antifungal compounds

A polypeptide with antifungal properties has been isolated from the fresh fruit bodies of this species. Named alveolarin, it inhibits the growth of the species Botrytis cinerea,Fusarium oxysporum, Mycosphaerella arachidicola and Physalospora piricola.[16]


  1. 1 2 Bondartsev A, Singer R (1941). "Zur Systematik der Polyporaceae". Annales Mycologici (in German). 39: 43–65.
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  4. De Candolle AP. (1815). Flore française. Vol 6, 3rd. ed (in French). p. 43.
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  7. Roody WC. (2003). Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 362. ISBN 0-8131-9039-8.
  8. Phillips R. "Polyporus alveolaris". Rogers Mushrooms. Rogers Plants Ltd. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  9. 1 2 Healy RA; Huffman DR.; Tiffany LH; Knaphaus G. (2008). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States. Bur Oak Guide. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. p. 207. ISBN 1-58729-627-6.
  10. Ryvarden L. (1993). European Polypores (Part 2 European Polypores). Lubrecht & Cramer Ltd. p. 559. ISBN 82-90724-12-8.
  11. May TW, Milne J, Shingles S, Jones RH (2008). Fungi of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-643-06907-7.
  12. Zhuang W. (2001). Higher Fungi of Tropical China. Cornell University: Mycotaxon Ltd. p. 274. ISBN 978-0-930845-13-1.
  13. Kotlaba F, Pouzar Z (1957). "New or little known Polyporaceae in Czechoslovakia II". Česká Mykologie (in Czech). 11 (4): 214–24.
  14. Govi G. (1970). "Italian Polyporacea. Part VIII". Monti e Boschi (in Italian). 21 (4): 45–54.
  15. Melo I. (1978). "Buglossoporus pulvinus new record and Polyporus mori new record 2 species of Polyporaceae which are new for Portugal". Boletim da Sociedade Broteriana (in Portuguese). 52: 277–84.
  16. Wang H, Ng TB, Liu Q (2004). "Alveolarin, a novel antifungal polypeptide from the wild mushroom Polyporus alveolaris". Peptides. 25 (4): 693–96. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2004.01.026. PMID 15165727.
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