Fungi Friday – Split waxgill (Humidicutis mavis)

27 January 2022 | All News » Fungi Friday

A mushroom called Mavis… Humidicutis mavis is a small pure white fungus belonging to the waxgill family. The scientific name humid = wet, cutis = skin describes the moist cap. Initially emerging as a classic “bell” shape, a distinctive feature of this little fungus is the splitting of the cap as it matures, making it instantly recognizable.  Growing up to 5cms across, H.mavis is found in Australia, New Zealand and Borneo.

Takaka DOC ranger Deb Price was lucky to spot this fungi in the Awaroa area of the park.

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