Schizophyllum commune

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Schizophyllum commune

17 January 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Split Gill

Cap

Fan or shell shaped, surface downy, margin lobed, furrowed, whitish, to about 4 cm across

Hymenium

Gill like, split lengthwise, radiating from the point of attachment, pinkish or ochraceous

Flesh

Tough, pale

Season

All year

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to sub-cylindrical, smooth (6-7) x (2.5-3) µm2.

Edibility

Generally considered inedible, but used as a chewing gum substitute in parts of tropical Africa and Indonesia

Notes

'Schizophyllum' means split gill. In dry weather the split gills close, protecting the fertile surfaces from dessication

Additional Photographs

Schizophyllum commune

17 January 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin