hymenium

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hymenium

[hī′mē·nē·əm]
(mycology)
The outer, sporebearing layer of certain fungi or their fruiting bodies.
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distribution, it is difficult to identify specimens to species level because of the morphological variation of the fruit-bodies due to characteristics such as color, size, and hymenial surface which vary with temperature, humidity, sun light and position of the basidiocarp on the substrate (Kobayasi, 1981).