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Tough-fleshed mushrooms found on fallen wood, characterised by the hairy pale scales on the dark cap, and the ragged edge to the gills. Stalk slightly darkened towards base, tough, no ring. Spore print white. Saprobic.
Could be confused with some species of
, but these have brown spore prints.
has a similar, tough stalk and white spores, but has a ring on the stalk and grows in large groups, whereas
is more often solitary or in small groups.
also on wood and with white spores, can be distinguiished by its bright yellow gills.
The New Zealand shiitake. A fine, edible mushroom, genetically slightly distinct from the cultivated shiitake,
The shiitake mushroom is cultivated in New Zealand and internationally, but not known to be naturalised in New Zealand. The illustration shows the uneven gill edge characteristic of the genus.