This is one of the most common truffle-like fungi in Nothofagaceae forests in Chile and Argentina. It is associated with a wide array of Nothofagaceae host species in a variety of habitats, over a wide area. It is assessed as Least Concern.
Hymenogaster albellus sensu Dodge & Zeller, Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard.21: 669. 1934.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species is widely distributed throughout Nothofagaceae forests of southern Chile and Argentina. This species has been found in the northern regions where Nothofagaceae can be found (as far north as Los Ruiles, M. Smith pers. comm.) and also as far south as Magallanes, Chile.
Population and Trends
This species does well in disturbed habitats and also in pristine forests so it appears that it has a stable population.
Population Trend: Stable
Habitat and Ecology
This is one of the most common truffle-like fungi in Nothofagaceae forests in Chile and Argentina. It is associated with a wide array of Nothofagaceae host species in a variety of habitats.
Subantarctic ForestTemperate Forest
Due to the widespread occurrence of this species in a variety of Nothofagaceae-dominated forests, there are currently no major threats that imperil this species.
No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species.
No specific research is currently needed to understand the conservation of this species.
Use and Trade
This species has no known human uses.
Descolea brunnea collection from Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina. Photo by M. E. Smith