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2012-03-19 Hymenochaete cruenta (Pers.) Donk 206367.jpg
Hymenochaete cruenta, a member of the Hymenochaetaceae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Hymenochaetales
Family: Hymenochaetaceae
Imazeki & Toki (1954)
Type genus
Lév. (1846)

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The Hymenochaetaceae are a family of fungi in the order Hymenochaetales. The family contains several species that are implicated in many diseases of broad-leaved and coniferous trees, causing heart rot, canker and root diseases, and also esca disease of grapevines.[1] According to a standard references text, the family contains 27 genera and 487 species.[2]

The name probably means long-haired membrane from the Greek hymen meaning membrane and chaite meaning long hair.



  1. ^ Cannon PF, Kirk PM. (2007). Fungal Families of the World. Wallingford UK: CAB International. pp. 167–8. ISBN 0-85199-827-5. 
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA. (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. p. 327. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8.