Monday, May 18, 2015

The Fascination of Fungi



Abundance:-
Probably 250,000 Australian species. One mycologist has identified 850 species in a one hectare plot of Tasmanian forest.

Diversity:-
Mushrooms/toadstools, puffballs, brackets, cups, corals, jellies, moulds, etc.

Importance
Many forest, woodland and grassland ecosystems would not survive without the presence of fungi.

Appearance:-
Beautiful, bizzare, mysterious, revolting, etc.

Occurrence:-
Enduring and ephemeral.



Here are two or three common ones I’ve found recently in the Crossover Regional Park at Rokeby.

Dunno. A tiny little black, hairy species growing on a log?
No common name. Cortinarius archeri. Common and widespread in eucalypt forest.
Cortinarius archeri. The viscid purple cap will change colour and become dry and satiny.
Scotsman's Beard. Calocera guepiniodes. A small finger-like jelly that prefers to grow on decaying softwood.
Green Stain Fungus or Green Elfin-cup. Chlorociboria aeruginascens. This fungus stains the substrate a green colour.
 Gouldiae



2 comments:

  1. Nice finds! There were a few popping up around here last week. Had a lot of rain since so hoping to search out some more tomorrow.

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  2. Yes Mosura,
    The fungi season has really kicked off over here.
    PW

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