Hypoxylon is common in New Zealand forests, with more than 20 species recorded. The fruiting bodies are typically flat and crust like. Some are black or with dull colours, but the exceptions, such as the bright orange H. cinnabarinum, the purple H. nothofagi, and the hemispherical, purple H. howeanum, are those most often noticed.


NZFungi Entry

Hypoxylon howeanum

In New Zealand common on the bark of small, recently fallen Nothofagus branches, this species probably lives within the bark of the living branches. The fruiting bodies form soon after the branch dies.

Hypoxylon cinnabarinum

Found on fallen wood of many trees, more common in the North Island.