By Ribes M.A., Fournier J., Negrín R.
Vol. 3 (1) – 14 April 2011
Abstract: Poronia ingii was first described in 1992 by Rogers et Læssøe (as Podosordaria ingii J. D. Rogers et Læssøe) and was so far only known from this first collection on fronds of Phoenix dactylifera in Canary Islands. A recent collection in the same island (La Gomera) on palm material (Phoenix canariensis), along with absence of records from other locations since the date of its discovery suggest a possible endemism of this species to Canary Islands and suggest a possible host-preference for palm material. The very good condition and abundance of the newly collected material allowed a safe identification and provided opportunity to illustrate this still poorly known species with colour photographs for the first time. Another collection of a very similar fungus on seeds of Beta vulgaris, unfortunately immature and sterile, represents either the same, morphologically slightly different species or a novel closely related one. In absence of microscopic distinctive characters, its status cannot be safely assessed until fertile material is collected