Common Split Gill

 The weather has finally moderated and I actually worked in the backyard this afternoon.

IMG_6819

This odd mushroom easily caught my attention and was easy to identify:

Common  Split Gill

Schizophyllum Commune

IMG_6822

It has no stalk, the cap measures 9 to 30mm wide, and it  grows on decaying wood. Apparently it’s whitish-gray when it’s dry and a brownish gray when moist.

IMG_6823

Its range includes Maine, south to Tennessee and west to north Dakota.

I don’t remember seeing one before, and will definitely keep an eye out for this small delicate mushroom from now on.

Advertisements

2 responses to this post.

  1. I see them quite often. They’re one of the so called ‘winter mushrooms.’ That must be why they wear such a wooly coat.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: