Notes on the genus Poria

Cleland, John Burton and Rodway, Leonard 1928 , 'Notes on the genus Poria' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 31-43 .

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The genus Poria is admittedly one of the most difficult
groups amongst the Basidiomycetes to deal with from a
systematic point of view. The position is to a great extent
chaotic. Many of the descriptions are very meagre, and it is
often impossible to refer plants correctly to known species.
without access to the actual type specimen.
Many species
seem variable, due often to the differences between a young
plant only establishing itself and an old one which has had
ample time to develop fully. Through the kindness of the
late Dr. C. G. Lloyd, Miss E. M. Wakefield, Dr. James R.
Weir, and Dr. G. H. Cunningham, we have had some of our
Australian species identified or have received identified
foreign species for comparison.
The present paper is part
of an attempt to hall-mark by specific names some of our
Australian species.
From an examination of many specimens of Australian
Porias and Poria-like fungi, we think that they are best
divided primarily by the colour of the hyphae as seen under
the microscope under two divisions, viz., those with the
hyphae not coloured or only slightly so and into
those with the hyphae quite distinctly coloured. With the
latter We deal in this paper, dividing them again into those
With hyphae dull yellowish, with hyphae yellowish-brown, and
with hyphae livid brown or more or less fuscous or purplish
brown. The following key is an attempt to differentiate
briefly the Australian species we have examined under
these three sub-divisions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cleland, John Burton and Rodway, Leonard
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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