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Gymnopilus dilepis (Berk. & Broome) Singer (a rustgill)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Henrici, A., 2002 (Colour photograph (rear cover) and history) Notes and Records (Jan 2002)
Watling, R., 1998 Profiles of Fungi No. 94: Gymnopilus dilepis

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1 general literature references to Gymnopilus dilepis (a rustgill)

Gymnopilus dilepis may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(true fungi)
(spore droppers)
(a class of fungi)
(mushrooms and toadstools)
(a family of toadstools)
(rustgill toadstools)
Macromycetes (via Agaricales) Fungi s.l.

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 2 feeding and other relationships of Gymnopilus dilepis (a rustgill)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) A beautiful toadstool which is bright purple when young, (resembling Tricholompsis rutilans but with a ring), rapidly fading to orange-brown. Originally from South East Asia where it grows on old coconut stumps, it was possibly introduced with coir imported for horticultural use as a peat replacement.

It is one of a number of recent introductions and colonists which grow on wood chips. It is becoming more common and widespread in this habitat, but requires warmth so is restricted to large piles of chips which are heating up through fermention, or indoors in pots with house plants.

This is one of a complex of very similar species in South East Asia and Australasia and there's always the possibility of one of its close relatives also being present in this country.
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