The beech strawberry. Parasite of silver beech, the large, globose, fruiting bodies developing in clusters on galls on living branches.
Three species in New Zealand, related to species in Australia and South America that are also parasites of Nothofagus.


NZFungi Entry

Cyttaria gunnii

Bright yellow fruiting bodies develop on globose galls. Recent studies have shown the New Zealand fungus referred to this name to be genetically distinct from the Australian C. gunnii.

Cyttaria nigra

Large, round galls and fruiting bodies with a dark surface.

Cyttaria pallida

Long, narrow galls are characteritic of this species.