Small, tough and leathery fruiting bodies attached laterally directly to the substrate. Characterised by the unusual gills appearaing split or grooved along their length. Spore print white.
A single species in New Zealand, the cosmopolitan Schizophyllum commune.
Common throughout the country, often in exposed situations and on large pieces of fallen wood, for example wind-blown trees on the margins of forests. Whether or not this fungus is indigenous to New Zealand is unknown.


NZFungi Entry

Schizophyllum commune

The margin of the cap may not always be deeply lobed.