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Small white crustose fungus growing on seed pod

posted 13 May 2017, 19:28 by Jamie Derkenne

A fallen seed pod on the 800 metre walk at the Upper Allyn, NSW Australia had these unusual crustose white fungi growing on it in March 2017. The seed pod is probably from a tamarind type tree such as a rose tamarind.

White crustose fungi growing on a seed pod, 800m walk, March 2017, seed pod could be a tamarind, such as rose tamarind. Fallen on ground.

Southern Highlands awash with Lactarius deliciosus

posted 30 Apr 2017, 02:08 by Jamie Derkenne   [ updated 30 Apr 2017, 02:22 ]

At the end of April you'd expect to see the fungi season on the way out, especially given the flush of fungi in March. But Lactarius delicious in huge numbers were under pines beside roads, in forests, in suburban lawns on April 30 2017 all through the souther highlands of NSW. More than we could pick was in the pine forests off King George Road, near Wingelo.
Also out were fresh Suillus luteus, older and often dessicated Suillus granulatus, and several Agaricus Augustus.




Edible fungi from Wingelo State (pine) Forest

posted 29 Apr 2017, 02:32 by Jamie Derkenne

There is a variety of edible fungi to be found in the pine forests south west of Sydney between February and May. Here are a few of them.

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Unusual Poronia species

posted 24 Apr 2017, 15:29 by Jamie Derkenne

Cordyceps like fungi, bulbous root like base in manure, sometimes bifurcating, dark brown, sparely hairy, tapering to dark brown stipe, stuffed, white flesh fading to pale pink with umbonate cap and deeply adnexed fertile surface, total length about 60mm, cap about 5mms across, growing gregariously in cow manure, Shead’s farm, Upper Allyn, April 2017.



Coprinellus disseminatus

posted 23 Apr 2017, 21:16 by Jamie Derkenne   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 21:57 ]

Coprinellus disseminatus, in lawn, near wood, Upper Allyn April 22, 2017. “The emerging caps are creamy yellow, becoming grey when expanded and finally darken as the caps auto-digest” (Fuhrer 41). Note the heavy striations on the cap.




Coprinellus truncorum

posted 23 Apr 2017, 15:43 by Jamie Derkenne

Coprinellus = Coprinus truncorum, growing in grass at the Upper Allyn river, April 22, 2017. This species has yellowish caps, darkening towards the centre with prominent white flecks on the cap surface, most of which have been washed off by days of rain. Fuhrer (41) says this species is identical on a macro scale to Coprinellus micaceus, but it seems evidently different to the micaceus species we have photographed.




Geastrum javanicum

posted 23 Apr 2017, 14:54 by Jamie Derkenne   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 14:56 ]

Geastrum javanicum, growing in grass, Upper Allyn, April 22, 2017. Note the circular scar just below the apex, and the dark tan colour of the globe, features lacking in other earth stars. The exoperidium, the stars themselves, are thick with pinkish flesh, but with an outer colouring that is not usually as light as the one photographed here.


There are a variety of earthstars that grow in SE Australia.




Bird's nest Fungi

posted 19 Apr 2017, 20:50 by Jamie Derkenne   [ updated 20 Apr 2017, 02:15 ]

Bird's nest fungi have been spotted several times lately. They are called birds nest because they look like very tiny bird nests with several eggs, being the peridioles, small capsules containing the spores.


Phallus indusiatus

posted 15 Apr 2017, 23:31 by Jamie Derkenne

Phallus indusiatus (indusiatus means undergarment) growing in a troop of five with three decayed, Sheldon Forest walk underneath healthy and clean eucalypt forest in dry sandy soil and dense bark mulch. See Fuhrer 235. March 23, 2017. This is a stinkhorn fungus. Amazing fetid smell.





Cordyceps gunnii

posted 12 Apr 2017, 15:23 by Jamie Derkenne

Cordyceps gunni the vegetable caterpillar, yellow stem, dark green head, without demarcation between head and stem. Stem, with deep groove, fades to white where it starts to meet the parasitised caterpillar. Found in dense  pine forest, Belanglo State Forest, April 10, 2017.



Cordyceps are a group of fungi which parasitise insects and arachnids. They often produce chemicals which forces the animal into unusual behaviour, such as a caterpillar burying itself.






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