Resupinate fungi (Crust fungi)

These fungi grow flat against the substrate. This is a morphological grouping of many diverse and often unrelated species. They are sometimes referred to as corticioid fungi or crust fungi. Some species appear as definite crusts while others are like a splash of paint. There are many crusts which are white or cream in colour.


Austeria citrea (Berk.) Miettinen

A yellow crust fungi found on hardwoods such as tawa, tea tree and Coprosma. it can be either a resupinate (crust) or a bracket form. The pores are very tiny, barely visible to the naked eye.


Australovuilleminia coccinea Ghobad-Nejhad & Hallenb.

A reddish orange crust fungus found under the bark of fallen branches from beech trees. As it grows the bark is ruptured and the bright colour of the fungus becomes visible.

Byssomerulius psittacinus P.K. Buchanan, Ryvarden & M. Izawa

A reddish purple to purple crust which is found only on beech.As it ages and dries it becomes an orange-brown to yellow-orange colour.

Phlebia subceracea (Wakef.) Nakasone
(Syn. Mycoacia subceracea)

This looks like a splash of golden yellow paint on wood. Close examination with a hand lens will reveal blunt teeth. Found growing on the undersides of a fallen log.


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