Sanghuangporus toxicodendri sp. nov. (Hymenochaetales, Basidiomycota) from China
expand article infoSheng-Hua Wu, Chiung-Chih Chang, Chia-Ling Wei, Guo-Zheng Jiang§, Bao-Kai Cui|
‡ National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan
§ Paoshantan Medicinal Herbs Development Co., Xizang, China
| Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
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Sanghuangporus toxicodendri (Hymenochaetales) is described as new based on collections made from Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei Province, China. All studied basidiocarps grew on living trunks of Toxicodendron sp. This new species is characterized by having perennial, effused-reflexed to pileate basidiocarps; pore surface brownish yellow or yellowish brown, pores 7–9 per mm; context 1–5 mm thick or almost invisible; setae ventricose, dark brown, 26–42 × 7–10 μm; basidia 4-sterigmate or occasionally 2-sterigmate; basidiospores broadly ellipsoid, smooth, brownish yellow, slightly thick-walled, mostly 3.5–4 × 2.8–3 μm. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference phylogenies inferred from internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of rDNA indicated that Sanghuangporus spp. formed a monophyletic clade and resolved as a sister to Tropicoporus spp., and six strains of S. toxicodendri formed a monophyletic group which is sister to S. quercicola. An identification key to known species of Sanghuangporus is provided.


Inonotus, taxonomy, Tropicoporus, wood-decaying fungi


Sanghuangporus Sheng H. Wu et al. and Tropicoporus L.W. Zhou et al. were recently segregated from the broad generic concept of Inonotus P. Karst (Zhou et al. 2016). The former two genera differ from Inonotus s. str. chiefly in having dimitic hyphal system. Sanghuangporus is characterized by perennial and effused-reflexed to pileate basidiomata, occurring in a variety of climate environment, whereas Tropicoporus is distinguished by annual to perennial basidiomata, and a tropical distribution (Zhou et al. 2016). Zhu et al. (2019) showed the molecular phylogeny strongly supports the monophyly of Sanghuangporus spp.; they also indicated that the maximum crown age of Sanghuangporus is approximately 30.85 million years, and East Asia is the likely ancestral area. Sanghuangporus spp. usually have host-specificity relationships with their host trees. Sanghuangporus accommodates some important medicinal fungal species generally are called “Sanghuang” (means yellow organism grows on Morus) in China and Korea, and “Meshimakobu” in Japan. Sanghuangporus sanghuang (Sheng H. Wu et al.) Sheng H. Wu et al., the generic type, was detected by Wu et al. (2012) as the genuine Sanghuang species growing exclusively on Morus in the wild. Before this study, 13 species of Sanghuangporus were known (Ghobad-Nejhad 2015; Tomsovsky 2015; Zhou et al. 2016; Zhu et al. 2017). In this study, we present a new species of Sanghuangporus sp. growing on Toxicodendron sp. collected from Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei Province of China.

Materials and methods

Morphological studies

All studied specimens are deposited in the herbarium of National Museum of Natural Science, ROC (TNM). The description is based on dried basidiocarps. Freehand and thin sections of fruiting bodies were prepared in three media for microscopic studies: 5% (w/v) potassium hydroxide (KOH) with 1% (w/v) phloxine was used for observation and measurement of microscopic characters; Melzer’s reagent was applied to check amyloidity and dextrinoidity; Cotton blue was used to test cyanophily. The abbreviations in the text were used as followed: L = mean spore length (arithmetical average for all spores), W = mean spore width (arithmetical average for all spores), n = total number of spores measured from a specimen, Q = variation in the L/W ratio between the studied specimens. When presenting the variation in the dimensions of spores, 5% of the measurements were rejected from each edge of the range and were given in parentheses.

DNA extraction and sequencing

Genomic DNA were extracted from dried samples with the Plant Genomic DNA Extraction Miniprep System (Viogene-Biotek Corp., New Taipei, Taiwan) following the manufacturer’s protocol. Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region was amplified with primer pair ITS1/ITS4 (White et al. 1990). The PCR protocols for ITS regions were as follows: initial denaturation at 95 °C for 5 min, followed by 40 cycles at 94 °C for 45 s, 53 °C for 45 s and 72 °C for 45 s, and a final extension of 72 °C for 10 min. PCR products were purified and sequenced by the MB Mission Biotech Company (Taipei, Taiwan). Newly obtained sequences were assembled and manually adjusted when necessary using BioEdit (Hall 1999). The sequences were then submitted to Genbank.

Alignment and phylogenetic analyses

Zhu et al. (2017) conducted ITS-based phylogenetic analysis for all previously known 13 species of Sanghuangporus. The ingroup strains of the Sanghuangporus spp. and Tropicoporus spp. employed in their analysis were basically adopted in the present analysis. We added newly generated sequences of six strains of the new species (Table 1). Inonotus rickii (Pat.) D.A. Reid, the outgroup in Zhu et al.’s analysis was not adopted, as this root failed to separate all Sanghuangporus spp. from the Tropicoporus spp. We consulted the study of Zhou et al. (2016) and chose Inocutis tamaricis (Pat.) Fiasson & Niemelä as the outgroup, which was successful in constructing the tree with a satisfactory result. The dataset was aligned using MAFFT 7 with Q-INS-i strategy. The aligned sequences were manually adjusted in BioEdit (Hall 1999) when necessary. Parsimony informative sites were calculated using MEGA 7 (Kumar et al. 2016). Phylogenetic trees were inferred from Bayesian inference (BI) and Maximum Likelihood (ML) methods using MrBayes v. 3.2.6. (Ronquist et al. 2012) at the CIPRES Science Gateway ( and PhyML 3.0 (Guindon et al. 2010), respectively. The best fit model for both algorithms was estimated by jModelTest2 (Darriba et al. 2012) using the Bayesian information criterion (BIC). For ML analysis, bootstrap (BS) values were calculated after running 1000 replicates. The BI analysis was conducted with 10 million generations initiated from random starting trees. Trees were sampled every 1000 generations, and the first 2500 trees were discards as burn-in. The Posterior Probability (PP) values were calculated from the remaining trees. Only the phylogram inferred from ML analysis was shown because both BI and ML analyses yield similar topologies. The statistical supports were shown on nodes of the ML tree when BS ≥ 70 and PP ≥ 0.7. The final phylogenetic trees and alignment were submitted to TreeBASE (submission number 24234;

List of species, specimens and ITS sequences used in this study. Sequences generated in this study are shown in boldface type.

Species name Specimen or strain no. Accession no.
Sanghuangporus alpinus Cui9646 JQ860313
Cui9658 JQ860310
Cui9666 JQ860311
Sanghuangporus baumii Cui11903 KY328305
Dai3694 JN642569
Dai3684 JN642568
Sanghuangporus ligneus Ghobad-Nejhad 1157 KR073082
Ghobad-Nejhad 1152 KR073081
Sanghuangporus lonicericola Dai8376 JQ860308
MG281 KU213574
TAA55428 JN642575
Sanghuangporus microcystideus AM19 JF895465
AM-08 JF895464
Sanghuangporus pilatii BRNM 771989 KT428764
Sanghuangporus quercicola Li445 KY328311
Li1149 KY328312
Sanghuangporus sanghuang BZ-C JN642587
Dai12723 JQ860316
Wu0903-1 JN794061
Sanghuangporus toxicodendri Wu 1805-2 MK400422
Wu 1805-3 MK400423
Wu 1805-5 MK400424
Wu 1807-2 MK729538
Wu 1807-3 MK729540
Wu 1807-4 MK729539
Sanghuangporus vaninii Dai3624 JN642590
SFC 20001106-7 AF534070
SFCC 10209 AY558628
Sanghuangporus weigelae Cui6012 JQ860319
WD-1667 JN642594
Dai11694 JQ860315
Sanghuangporus weirianus CBS_618.89 AY558654
Sanghuangporus zonatus Cui6631 JQ860305
Dai10841 JQ860306
Tropicoporus cubensis MUCL47079 JQ860325
Tropicoporus dependens JV 1207/3.4-J KC778779
Tropicoporus dependens JV 0409/20-J KC778778
Tropicoporus guanacastensis O19228 KP030794
Tropicoporus linteus JV0904/64 JQ860322
Tropicoporus pseudolinteus JV 0312/22.10-J KC778780
JV0402/35-K KC778781
Tropicoporus sideroxylicola JV 1207/4.3-J KC778783
JV 0409/30-J KC778782
Tropicoporus tropicalis CBS-617.89 AF534077
Inonotus compositus Wang 552 KP030781
Inonotus hispidus PST4 EU918125
Inocutis tamaricis CBS 384.72 AY558604


Phylogeny results

The ITS dataset consisted of 48 taxa and 1117 sites including gaps, of which 306 sites were parsimony informative. The HKY+G was selected as the best fit model for both the ML and BI analyses. The BI analysis was terminated when the average standard deviation of split frequencies fell to 0.009547. The ML tree shows that Sanghuangporus spp. formed a monophyletic clade (BS = 93%, PP = 1) and resolved as a sister to Tropicoporus spp. (BS = 92%, PP = 1) (Fig. 1). Six strains of Sanghuangporus toxicodendri formed a monophyletic group with statistical supports (BS = 78%, PP = 1), which was sister to S. quercicola L. Zhu & B.K. Cui with significant support (BS = 98%, PP = 1) (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. 

The phylogenetic tree inferred from maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses of the ITS dataset of Sanghuangporus toxicodendri and related species. Statistic supports are shown on internodes with bootstrap values ≥70% and posterior probabilities ≥0.7. The presented new species are shown in boldface type.


Sanghuangporus toxicodendri Sheng H. Wu, B.K. Cui & Guo Z. Jiang, sp. nov.

MycoBank No: 830791
Figures 2, 3


CHINA. Hubei Province: Shennongjia Forestry District, Songbai Town, 1200 m, on living Toxicodendron sp. trunk, May 2018, Wu 1805-3 (holotype, TNM F0032663).


The epithet refers to the host genus.


Basidiocarps perennial, effused-reflexed to pileate, applanate, semicircular, adaxially slightly concave, woody hard. Pilei projecting 4–6 cm, up to 18 cm wide and up to 6 cm thick at base. Pileal surface grayish black to blackish brown, glabrous, occasionally cracked, concentrically zonate and sulcate; margin generally obtuse, concolorous or brownish yellow. Pore surface brownish yellow, yellowish brown, brownish or rusty brown, somewhat glancing, darkening in KOH; pores 7–9 per mm, circular. Context homogeneous, 1–5 mm thick or almost invisible, brownish yellow or brownish, with blackish crust at pileus parts. Tubes concolorous with pore surface, 1–5 cm thick, usually with several growth layers.

Hyphal system dimitic in both context and trama, generative hyphae simple-septate; tissue darkened in KOH. Context generative hyphae yellowish, brownish yellow or yellowish brown, moderately ramified, 2–3 μm diam., slightly thick-walled or with walls up to 1 μm thick; skeletal hyphae yellowish brown to brownish, fairly straight, rarely ramified, 2–4 μm diam., with 0.5–1.3 μm thick walls or subsolid. Tube generative hyphae yellowish brown to yellowish, moderately ramified, 2–3 μm diam., slightly thick-walled or with walls up to 1 μm thick; skeletal hyphae yellowish brown to brownish, fairly straight, rarely ramified, 2–4 μm diam., with 0.8–1.3 μm thick walls or subsolid. Hymenial setae ventricose, dark brown, 26–42 × 7–10 μm. Cystidioles with tapering or abruptly narrow apices, colorless, thin-walled, 10–20 × 3–3.5 μm. Basidia clavate, 10–12 × 4–4.5 μm, thin-walled, 4-sterigmate or occasionally 2-sterigmate; sterigmata up to 6 μm long. Basidiospores broadly ellipsoid, smooth, brownish yellow, slightly thick-walled, inamyloid, non-dextrinoid, somewhat cyanophilous, (3.2–)3.5–4 × (2.7–)2.8–3(–3.2) μm, L = 3.72±0.21 μm, W = 2.94±0.11 μm, Q = 1.27 (n = 30, holotype: Wu 1805-3).

Ecology and distribution

On trunk of Toxicodendron sp. Hitherto only known from Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei province, China.

Additional specimens examined (paratypes)

CHINA. Hubei Province: Shennongjia Forestry District, Songbai Town, 1200 m, on living Toxicodendron sp. trunk, May 2018, Wu 1805-1 (TNM F0032661), Wu 1805-2 (TNM F0032662), Wu 1805-4 (TNM F0032664), Wu 1805-5 (TNM F0032665); July 2018, Wu 1807-2 (TNM F0032666), Wu 1807-3 (TNM F0032667), Wu 1807-4 (TNM F0032668).

Figure 2. 

Basidiocarp. Sanghuangporus toxicodendri (holotype, Wu 1805-3).

Figure 3. 

Sanghuangporus toxicodendri (holotype, Wu 1805-3) A skeletal hyphae from context B generative hyphae from context C skeletal hyphae from trama D generative hyphae from trama E generative hyphae from dissepiments F setae G cystidioles H basidia I basidiospores. Scale bars: 10 μm.


Zhu et al.’s (2019) phylogenetic study showed the monophyly of the genus Sanghuangporus spp., and the result coincides with the present study (Fig. 1). The genus Sanghuangporus comprises 14 species (Ghobad-Nejhad 2015; Tomsovsky 2015; Zhou et al. 2016; Zhu et al. 2017), after including S. toxicodendri presented here. It is not easy to identify some species of Sanghuangporus spp., as there are not that many good morphological characteristics to separate them. Distribution, climatic adaptation, host preference, and DNA sequences are important for species recognition, apart from morphological study.

The present phylogenetic study indicated that S. toxicodendri is sister to S. quercicola with significant support (Fig. 1). Both species are distributed in central China; the former grows on Toxicodendron, while the latter occurs on Quercus. However, two morphological features can separate these species. The yellow or brownish-yellow wide marginal zone on the pileus surface of S. quercicola (Zhu et al. 2017: figs A, B) is lacking in S. toxicodendri. Secondly, the basidiospores of S. toxicodendri are mostly longer than 2.8 μm, but are generally shorter than 2.8 μm in S. quercicola.

Sanghuangporus lonicericola (Parmasto) L.W. Zhou & Y.C. Dai, S. quercicola, S. sanghuang, S. toxicodendri, S. vaninii (Ljub.) L.W. Zhou & Y.C. Dai, and S. zonatus (Y.C. Dai & X.M. Tian) L.W. Zhou & Y.C. Dai have comparatively smaller pores (>6 per mm) than other species. Sanghuangporus lonicericola is distributed in northeast China and the Russian Far-East, growing exclusively on Lonicera; moreover, it has smaller setae (12–22 × 4–8 μm; Dai 2010) than S. toxicodendri. Sanghuangporus sanghuang grows only on Morus and has distinctly larger basidiospores (4–4.9 × 3.1–3.9 μm; Wu et al. 2012) than S. toxicodendri. Sanghuangporus vaninii grows on Populus and also resembles S. quercicola in having a wide marginal yellow zone on pileus surface, but it has larger basidiospores (3.8–4.4 × 2.8–3.7 μm; Dai 2010) than S. toxicodendri. Sanghuangporus zonatus is a tropical species distributed in southern China and differs from S. toxicodendri in having thicker context and shorter setae (Tian et al. 2013).

Several Sanghuangporus spp. are used for medicinal application in China, Korea, Japan, and South Asian countries. Wu et al. (2012) indicated that S. sanghuang, the only Sanghuangporus sp. growing on Morus in the wild, is the genuine Sanghuang species. Comparing health-care effectiveness among the so-called Sanghuang species, Lin et al. (2017) proved that S. sanghuang has better medicinal properties than two other commercial species: S. baumii (Pilát) L.W. Zhou & Y.C. Dai and S. vaninii. Sanghuangporus vaninii grows on Populus davidiana in the wild and is widely cultivated in China, Korea, and Japan as a medicinal fungus. Sanghuangporus baumii, which grows on Syringa in the wild, is also served as medicinal fungus in China. The medicinal properties of many Sanghuangporus spp. are not understood. It is noted that S. toxicodendri and the recently described S. quercicola are closely related to the medicinal species S. sanghuang and S. vaninii (Zhu et al. 2019; this study, Fig. 1). The medicinal properties of these two species are worth studying.

Key to the accepted species of Sanghuangporus

1 Pores 3–5 per mm 2
Pores > 5 per mm 3
2 Basidiospores 3.5–4.5 × 3–3.5 μm; distribution in Central Asia S. lonicerinus
Basidiospores 4–4.8 × 3–3.8 μm; distribution in Europe S. pilatii
3 Pores 7–10 per mm 4
Pores 5–8 per mm 6
4 Brownish yellow pileus surface marginal zone present; restricted to Quercus S. quercicola
Brownish yellow pileus surface marginal zone not present; not on Quercus 5
5 Setae >25 μm long; restricted to Toxicodendron S. toxicodendri
Setae <25 μm long; restricted to Lonicera S. lonicericola
6 Context very thin, <3 mm 7
Context very thick, >10 mm 8
7 Context duplex; distribution in the warm temperate zones S. weigelae
Context homogeneous; distribution in alpinus zones S. alpinus
8 Setae mostly <20 μm long 9
Setae mostly >20 μm long 12
9 Basidiomata with a sharp margin S. zonatus
Basidiomata with an obtuse margin 10
10 Basidiospores basically subglobose; distribution in Africa S. microcystideus
Basidiospores broadly ellipsoid; distribution in Asia 11
11 Dissepiments distinctly thick; distribution in western Asia S. ligneus
Dissepiments distinctly thin to slightly thick (<¼ diameter of pores); distribution in eastern Asia S. baumii
12 Basidiospores basically subglobose; restricted to Juglans S. weirianus
Basidiospores broadly ellipsoid; restricted to Morus or Populus 13
13 Basidiospores 3.8–4.4 × 2.8–3.7 μm; restricted to Populus S. vaninii
Basidiospores 4–4.9 × 3.1–3.9 μm; restricted to Morus S. sanghuang


This study was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (no. 105-07.1-SB-18) from Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, ROC.


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