POTENTIALLY RARE BUT LARGE SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF YET UNKNOWN LOCALITIES WITHIN THIS BROAD RANGE AREA SUGGEST CLASSIFICATION DD.
BUT MAY ALSO HAVE TAXONOMIC UNCERTAINTIES.
5 sites x 10 potential sites x 2 genets x 10 ramets = 1000 (Vulnerable in US) but DD due to uncertainties in Mexico and Belize.
Described by Singer and Ivory from Belize. It resembles Gyroporus cyanescens but lacks bluing in the tubes.
It is a rare species known from Florida, Texas, Mexico and Belize. It was published as new by Singer and Ivory in 1983 from Belize. Only five collections are listed in Mycoportal.
Holotype collected in Belize in the Augustine Forest Station in 1976. In the US known from Florida and Eastern Texas and reported from Florida and Mexico by Bessette.
5 sites x 10 potential sites x 2 genets x 10 ramets = 1000 (Vulnerable)
Lewis has found three populations from 1983 to 2007 all within Big Thicket region of Texas (Hardin, Newton and Tyler Counties). Baroni has a collection from Cayo District of Belize in 2002. The nature of Florida and Mexico sites is not known.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Gyroporus phaeocyanescens is a mycorrhizal fungus species so it is dependent on living host trees for population viability. This mutually beneficial symbiotic association between fungus and plant host roots conveys numerous critical advantages for plant host survival. Mycorrhizal fungi are essentially the uptake organs for many nutrients i.e., nitrogen, phosphorus, numerous micronutrients, i.e., boron, selenium, copper, and plays a major role in uptake of water. Both the fungus and the plant host does not exist in nature without each other.
In Belize on a road surface next to Pinus caribea and indeterminate shrubs. In East Texas it is found in a more xeric environment with oak (Quercus) in the summer. The nature of the Mexican and Florida sites is not known.
Severe drought and hurricane damage may impact populations due to tree mortality and forest destruction . The influx of invasive species such as Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum) and Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) has influenced the overall ecology of the region by replacing native hardwoods. Another problem is the destruction of plants and soil by feral hogs. In Florida, urban sprawl may influence their population. Some sites may be converted to pine plantations. The status of the Belize and Mexico populations is not known.
A population in Texas is within Big Thicket National Preserve (Tyler Co.), a federal preserve under the National Park Service, and another from a Nature Conservancy Preserve (Hardin Co.), a private conservation organization. A Newton Co. site is in a county park that has little disturbance in twenty years.
In the gulf coast of North America, where Gyroporus phaeocyanescens is found, there are numerous groups of amateur mycologists. Members of these groups can be recruited and instructed where to find and how to identify G. phaeocyanescens so they can target this species during forays. Data from amateur mycologists can be critical to define G. phaeocyanescens population size, distribution and trends, as well as its ectomycorrhizal associations. Annual forays by Gulf States Mycological Society continues to search for other populations. Lewis continues to monitor areas within Big Thicket National Preserve..
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