It was originally described as Polyporus flettii based on a collection made in Bremerton, Washington, USA (Morse, 1941), however, this name was invalid as it lacked a Latin description. It was transferred to Albatrellus and validated by Pouzar (1972). Audet (2010) erected the genus Albatrellopsis for this this, and closely related species.
Albatrellopsis flettii (Morse ex Pouzar) Audet
Polypilus flettii (Morse ex Pouzar) Teixeira
Polyporus flettii Morse (invalidly published)
Albatrellus flettii is a easily recognized fungus of the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Ectomycorrhizal with conifers, it occurs in both coastal and montane forests. Although uncommon over much of it’s range, the widespread area of occurrence; with no decline noted, we recommend it be assessed as Least Concern (LC)
From Santa Cruz County, California, USA, north along the coast, inland in the Siskiyou mountains, in northern California, on the coast, Coast Range, and Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington, east to the northern Rocky Mountain in Idaho, and southern Alberta and British Columbia, continuing north along the coast into Southeast Alaska.
Distribution is scattered, uncommon in many areas, but can be locally common.
Population appears to be stable, is widespread, and no decline has been noted.
Population Trend: Stable
Ectomycorrhizal with conifers, especially Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) and Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), possibly with Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla). Fruiting in late summer into winter. It appears in young to mature forests; no preferences have been noted.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
No specific conservation actions is needed with regards to this species.
No specific research is needed with regards to this species.
Albatrellus flettii is edible, but is not highly regarded, and thus, not often collected for food.
Audet S. (2010). “Essai de découpage systématique du genre Scutiger (Basidiomycota): Albatrellopsis, Albatrellus, Polyporoletus, Scutiger et description de six nouveaux genres”. Mycotaxon 111: 431–464.
Pouzar Z. (1972). “Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Albatrellus (Polyporaceae) I. A conspectus of species of the North Temperate Zone”. Ceská Mykologie. 26 (4): 194–200.