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Spore print white. Small brown or whitish mushrooms characterised by having tough, leathery fruiting bodies, some species with long, very narrow, almost hair-like stalks. The stalks are often dark.
There are more than 25 species of
reported for New Zealand. In addition, there are several more species in
-like genera such as
(with a garlic odour),
(lacking a central stalk), and
(poorly defined, fold-like gills).
Most species are found on small twigs and sticks, and fallen, dead leaves. Several of the indigenous, leaf-inhabiting species are specialised to a single kind of plant, for example
on flax leaves,
on pseudopanax, and
on nikau. The introduced
is a soil-inhabiting species found in grassland.
Fairy rings in pasture. Large numbers of the mushrooms develop close to the dark green ring.