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Go to the NZFungi website for more indepth information on Rhizopogon vinicolor. Rhizopogon vinicolor


Present in region - Exotic

Article: Gadgil, P.D. (in association with Dick, M.A.; Hood, I.A.; Pennycook, S.R.) (2005). Fungi on trees and shrubs in New Zealand. Fungi of New Zealand. Ngā Harore o Aotearoa 4: xi + 437 p. Hong Kong: Fungal Diversity Press.
Description: Type: Mycorrhizal Fungi; Description: Basidiomata hypogeous to subepigeous, globose to subglobose, white at first, becoming vinaceous red, 10–30 mm in diameter; rhizomorphs very few or absent; peridium of a single layer, vinaceous in section. Gleba white to ochraceous, becoming olive to dark olive brown; tramal plates enclosing locules nearly filled with basidiospores. Basidiospores elliptical to ovoid, 0-septate, 5–9 × 3–5 μm, smooth, hyaline.
Distribution: Distribution: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Gisborne, Mid Canterbury, Southland.; 1st Record: Chu-Chou & Grace (1981c).
Notes: Notes: The taxonomy of this species is not clear as several other species are morphologically very similar to R. vinicolor. Collectively, they are referred to as ‘the R. vinicolor species complex’ (Kretzer et al. 2003). The description given below has been adapted from Smith & Zeller (1966) on which identification of the New Zealand specimens has been based.