Family Stereaceae Pilát

Hedwigia 70: 34 (1930)

Type: Stereum Hill ex Pers., Neues Magazin für die Botanik 1: 110 (1794)

This is the core group of stereoid fungi. There are 3 genera in the Chicago Region. They have a smooth hymenium on a pileate, effused-reflexed, or discoid fruitbody. They cause a white rot on dead wood and are often found in large numbers. Our Aleurodiscus grows on bark of living trees.

  1. Aleurodiscus
  2. Stereum
  3. Xylobolus
The stereoid fungi were previously placed in the family Thelephoraceae when it had a broad morphological concept.
Related links:
For a recent phylogeny see: Wu, Hibbett, and Binder 2001. Phylogenetic Analyses of Aleurodiscus s.l. and Allied Genera.
Taxon links:
81424 MycoBank ; Index Fungorum