Split Gill – Schizophyllum commune

01 June 2022 | All News » Fungi Friday

The split gill is a “shelf” fungi that can be seen year round clustered on decaying wood. It’s scientific name, Schizophyllum commune, refers to common or commonplace, as this fungus is found on every continent worldwide (apart from Antarctica). The caps of these small fungi are rough and furry on the upper side, but underneath they reveal the elegant fan shape evidenced by their name “split gill.” They lack a stalk and can range in colour from white through to pink. The split gill reputedly has medicinal value, but has also been known to cause lung irritation and allergic reactions. These split gills were seen by DOC ranger Deb Price in an exposed sunny area in the forest above Totaranui Campgroun

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