This small group of mushrooms is uniquely recognized by it's split gills.
Each gill is split longitudinally into two or more gills!!
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill Mushroom)
Found on the Manawatu Gorge Track in Palmerston North growing on dead wood
in July, 2000, but can be found year round.
Cap: Fan shaped and small, about 2-4cm wide. Upper surface whitish
and covered in small messy hairs. Cap margin has a purple brown tinge and is
Gills: Split longitudinally. Tan to light brown in colour. Well
Spore Print: white.
Stem: Short or rudimentary. About 0.5cm long and laterally attached
to the cap.
Edibility: Too small and tough!!
Different people react
differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom
without being 100% sure it is safe to do so.