Funghi play a crucial role in native southern beech forest (Nothofagus) and manuka and kanuka forest (Leptospermum and Kunzea). These are New Zealand’s only native tree species to form mycorrhizal associations with mushrooms.
Living on the tree roots, the fungi take sugars while in return the beech tree absorbs nutrients which the fungus has absorbed from the surrounding soil. There are many hundreds of species of native mycorrhizal mushrooms in these forests and many of them have not been catalogued and are unnamed.
We hope you enjoy these photos of some of the funghi we have found growing in our beech forest.