Members of the genus Gymnopilus are wood-decomposing Basidiomycote Fungi found across Europe, North Africa and parts of North America. They produce yellow, orange, red or purple Mushrooms which often cloesly resemble poisonous species found in the same area, though they are not poisonous themselves.
In a paper published in the journal Phytotaxa on 4 July 2017, Junaid Khan of the Center for Plant Sciences and Biodiversity at the University of Swat, Munazza Kiran of the Department of Botany at the University of the Punjab, Sana Jabeen of the Faisalabad Campus of the University of Education, Hassan Sher, also of the Center for Plant Sciences and Biodiversity at the University of Swat, and Abdul Nasir Khalid, also of the Department of Botany at the University of the Punjab, describe a new species of Gymnopilus from the Sawt District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
The new species is named Gymnopilus swaticus, in reference to the area where it was found. It was found growing on wood from the West Himalayan Spruce, Piceae smithiana, in the Gabin Jabba Marshes of the Lalkoo Valley. It produces convex to hemispherical Mushrooms, 40-70 mm across and sulphur yellow to rust brown in colour.
Gymnopilus swaticus, basidiomes in natural habitat. Junaid Khan in Khan et al. (2017).
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