Entolomas are a large family and over 75 New Zealand species have been described, many of them being endemic.

Probably the best known of the New Zealand entolomas is the blue one, Entoloma hochstetteri which is on the $50 note.

Entolomas come in a range of colours and sizes, but they all produce pink-coloured angular spores as shown in these photos. The actual spore shape and size varies according to the species.

Most Entolomas grow on the soil amongst leaf litter, but some are found on the remains of well-decomposed rotten stumps and on the bases of tree ferns.

Click on the Entoloma names in the index to see the different species.


fungi index