Probably 250,000 Australian species. One mycologist has identified 850 species in a one hectare plot of Tasmanian forest.
Mushrooms/toadstools, puffballs, brackets, cups, corals, jellies, moulds, etc.
Many forest, woodland and grassland ecosystems would not survive without the presence of fungi.
Beautiful, bizzare, mysterious, revolting, etc.
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.|