Vumba Nature

The knowledge of fungi in Zimbabwe is still far from comprehensive. Many specimens can only be identified as far as the genus level and new species are discovered, recorded and described on a regular basis. This list, therefore, is far from complete. It so far contains 37 species, and is mainly based on personal observations made by Cathy Sharpe and Bart Wursten. Scientific names are given plus a brief note on the habitat of the species.

Literature consulted: Champignons comestibles des forêts denses d' Afrique centrale (H.E. Ndong, J. Degreef, A. De Kesel, 2011)

For all photographes the copyright lies with Bart Wursten.


Species Habitat Picture
Amanita rubescens Pers. s.l. Moist forest and woodland, also in Pine plantations.  
Amauroderma argenteofulvum (Van der Byl) Doidge In Miombo woodland
 Amauroderma longisporum Furtado In Miombo woodland  
 Aseroë rubra Labill.  In leaf litter on the forest floor.
Auricularia mesenterica (Dicks.) Pers.    
Cantharellus atro-olivaceus    
Cantharellus congolensis Beeli Moist forest, woodland.  
Cantharellus platyphyllus Heinem.    
Clathrus archeri (Berk.) Dring In leaf litter on the forest floor.
Clavaria helicoides Pat. & Demange In open sandy soils in Miombo woodland; often
in large colonies.
Clavulina cristata (Holmsk.) J. Schröt.     
Collybia aurea (Beeli) Pegler In dense clusters on dead logs and stumps
Coprinus disseminatus (Pers.) Gray In huge, short-lived colonies on dead wood and
nearby soil.
Coprinus micaceus (Bull.) Fr. In clusters on dead wood.
Coriolopsis polyzona (Pers.) Ryvarden  On dead trunks in exposed situations in forest.  
Cyathus sp. Cup-shaped fungi, growing in groups on
decomposing plant material.
Cyptotrama asperata (Berk.) Redhead & Ginns On dead logs in shady evergreen forest
Dacryopinax spathularia (Schwein.) G.W. Martin On dead wood
Favolaschia thwaitesii (Berk. & Broome) Kuntze On dead branches in forest and moist woodland.
Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Pat. A perennial Bracket on trunks of evergreen
Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis) P. Karst. A large parasite on dying trees
Geastrum schweinitzii (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Zeller On decaying logs and in leaf litter
Hygrocybe nigrescens (Quél.) Kühner           
Hypholoma fasciculare (Huds.) P. Kumm. In tufted groups on dead wood in forest.  
Lactarius kabansus Pegler & Piearce Common in small colonies in Miombo woodland
Leotia sp. Miombo woodland  
Lepista nuda (Bull.) Cooke  
Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Corda) Singer  On decaying wood  
Macrolepiota dolichaula (Berk. & Broome) Pegler & R.W. Rayner Moist forest, woodland and plantations
Microporus quarrei (Beeli) D.A. Reid On dead branches in Miombo woodland.  
Microporus xanthopus (Fr.) Kuntze    
Oudemansiella radicata (Relhan) Singer Forest and woodland
Phlebopus sudanicus (Har. & Pat.) Heinem.    
Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker & Couch Introduced; Common
in Eucalyptus plantations.
Pycnoporus sanguineus (L.) Murrill  
Stereum hirsutum (Willd.) Pers. On dead logs in forest, often in large clusters
Xylaria concentra?