Fungi

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 argenteofulvum
 Amauroderma longisporum Furtado In Miombo woodland  amauroderma longisporum
 Aseroë rubra Labill.  In leaf litter on the forest floor. aseroe rubra
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. clarthus archeri
Clavaria helicoides Pat. & Demange In open sandy soils in Miombo woodland; often
in large colonies.
clavaria helicoides
Clavulina cristata (Holmsk.) J. Schröt.     
Collybia aurea (Beeli) Pegler In dense clusters on dead logs and stumps collybia aurea
Coprinus disseminatus (Pers.) Gray In huge, short-lived colonies on dead wood and
nearby soil.
coprinus disseminatus
Coprinus micaceus (Bull.) Fr. In clusters on dead wood. coprinus micaceus
Coriolopsis polyzona (Pers.) Ryvarden  On dead trunks in exposed situations in forest.  
Cyathus sp. Cup-shaped fungi, growing in groups on
decomposing plant material.
cyathus sp
Cyptotrama asperata (Berk.) Redhead & Ginns On dead logs in shady evergreen forest cyptotrama asperata
Dacryopinax spathularia (Schwein.) G.W. Martin On dead wood dacryopinax spathulari
Favolaschia thwaitesii (Berk. & Broome) Kuntze On dead branches in forest and moist woodland. favolaschia twaitesii
Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Pat. A perennial Bracket on trunks of evergreen
trees.
ganoderma applanatum
Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis) P. Karst. A large parasite on dying trees ganoderma lucida
Geastrum schweinitzii (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Zeller On decaying logs and in leaf litter geastrum schwenitzii
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 lacterius kabansus
Leotia sp. Miombo woodland  
Lepista nuda (Bull.) Cooke   lepista nuda
Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Corda) Singer  On decaying wood  
Macrolepiota dolichaula (Berk. & Broome) Pegler & R.W. Rayner Moist forest, woodland and plantations macrolepiota rhacodes
Microporus quarrei (Beeli) D.A. Reid On dead branches in Miombo woodland.  
Microporus xanthopus (Fr.) Kuntze    
Oudemansiella radicata (Relhan) Singer Forest and woodland oudemansiella radicata
Phlebopus sudanicus (Har. & Pat.) Heinem.    
Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker & Couch Introduced; Common
in Eucalyptus plantations.
pisolithus tinctorius
Pycnoporus sanguineus (L.) Murrill   pycnoporus sanguineus
Stereum hirsutum (Willd.) Pers. On dead logs in forest, often in large clusters stereum hirsutum
Xylaria concentra?