Stereopsis vitellina wood decomposer or mycorrhizal species found in old-growth pine forests under coarse pine logs or on soil under roots or in mole- or vole galleries. It grows in the sandy pine forests where rare stipitate hydnoid fungi also grow. The potential habitat of Stereopsis vitellina decreasing due to harvesting of old – pine forests on sandy soil, removal of coarse woody debris, regulation of fire.
Population and Trends
Habitat and Ecology
Stereopsis vitellina stipitate resupinate fungus forming 2-3 cm tall, soft and fragile fruit fan shaped basally tapering to a stipelike part. The fresh fruit body yellowish-white to yellow or pale ochraceous then dry. It is found mostly on humid, exposed soil under roots, in mole- or vole galleries, under coarse pine logs overgrown by mosses and shrubs like heather, blueberry, in a hole of charred rootstock of pine. Probably mycorrhizal species restricted to old growth dry Calluna type pine forests.
Use and Trade
Stereopsi vitellina, Čepkeliai Nature Reserve, Lithuania, photo: Reda Iršėnaitė