Observation 171271: Schizophyllum Fr.
When: 2014-07-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Small white fungi on exposed wet tree root. Images taken with extender (about 5:1 ratio) Local area is Eucalyptus forest and semi rainforest. Area is a gully in the mountain area and is usually damp but we are in drought and have been for many months. The root may be from a strangler fig as there are many in the area..


The first 5 images (jpg’s 27-31) are all
at 100x with KOH reagent.
Although a new and sharp razor blade was used I was unable to get a clean cut of the section. I took another section and used Lugels’ solution but as can be seen in the following three images (after the first 5), the fib...
These three images had Lugels’ reagent applied and the first image (jpg 34 was at x40 . The following two jpgs were viewed at 100x The section under examination was cut from the Gill area directly under the cap.
Gill image taken at X4 magnification and illuminated from above to light the image. No reagent or top slide used in exposure. This is also a dried specimen.

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Danny, Things can be so simple when KISS is used. If only I had displayed the Last image First it would have saved so much Time and Effort. Thanks for your patience and understanding. I was surprised by the Gill structure when I first looked at it, and as you so plainly said, there is a great deal of difference which when displayed was so obvious. A lesson well learnt. KK

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-18 23:24:22 CDT (-0500)

an image of the underside might be the most diagnostic thing to post here, as the split gills of Schizophyllum are unique to that genus. otherwise, if you have access to a microscopy, I would look for spores if your goal is to arrive at a species ID, though these look like plain old S. commune, at least from above.

Micrographs added.

First 5 are at 100x using KOH and the following three images are JPG74234 at 40x followed by two jpgs (32/33) at 100×.Both section s examined were from directly below the cap and showed gill formation running to a very short stipe attached securely to wood.


Danny, Found the dried specimen. I removed one small growth from the wood. The underneath section was concave with fine gills, and what appears to be a short stipe.. The colour of the underside is now grey and the topside is still white.

Dried Specimen!!!!!

Danny, Man you know how to hurt. One little word and I have just spent nearly an hour searching through dried specimens that I hadn’t finished arching looking for it. I know I didn’t take a photo of the underside as it was very small and thought I’d do it at home. I am sure it is here, just finding it at the moment is the problem. I will get back to you. Thanks for the inquiry. I did think the fungi was different. I did notice when I dried it that its shape and colour remained the same.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-01 02:05:30 CDT (-0500)

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