Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last Of The June 2009 Fungi

The end of the financial year and the end of my June fungi sightings. I started this post yesterday but a violent thunderstorm around 1pm meant the mission had to be aborted!

We are in for some wild weather for several days so further fungi exploration will be on hold. I'm not keen on crawling round eucalypts when there's anything more than a breeze because of their propensity to drop large parts of themselves! :-)

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No.1. This appears to be another example of No. 1 from my previous entry. The cap width was 1cm and stalk about 2cm. It is a pretty little fungus.

No. 2 is Marasmius crinisequi or the Horsehair fungus.
No. 3. I don't know what this one is, but Denis' little mates are having a field day!! It's growing in recycled paper pet litter round my tank. I'm glad I experimented with this litter because fungi seem to love it!

No. 4 might be Lepiota or Macrolepiota species which is well past its 'use by'! It was growing in open woodland with a few others.
The Unidentified

No. 5 was growing in the same location as No. 4
No. 6 was growing on a log in a deep erosion in the same location as 4 and 5.
No. 7. I haven't had an opportunity to check this one yet.

No. 9. Cap about 1cm diameter and growing under Acacia melanoxylon

No. 10. I'm not sure about this one. It might be something that has split but I thought it interesting enough for a photograph.
No. 11. This is an interesting gilled fungus growing in my woodpile. Not sure what the timber is that it's on. The gills are white. I might try for a spore print of this one at another time.

No. 12. Again, I haven't had an opportunity to check this. It will be a reasonably common one, I suspect.
No. 13. A robust fungus. The cap was around 2.5 - 3cm wide.

Monday, June 29, 2009

June Fungi - 6

Fungi hunting is great fun, don't get me wrong but there is a really frustrating aspect. It drives me mad when I cannot even have a remote stab at an identification! There are several 'head-bangers' in this group, so if anyone out there can help, please do.

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No. 1.......... Hmmm, a lovely little fungus with veil remnant hanging from the cap rim. This fungus matches none I could find in Fuhrer.
No. 2 Coprinellus species, probably Coprinellus micaceus. This specimen had an abundance of flecking. I found another specimen nearby which was almost identical. My other Coprinellus micaceus were not as textured nor as honey-coloured as this was but they were from a different location and substrate.

No. 3. This one was very frustrating! At first, I thought it was some sort of Cup Fungus. It's obviously stalked, but it might also be a Bird's Nest fungus. I will try to find this one again when I'm out and about next.

No.4. What an interesting little slime mould this is? I'm assuming it's a slime mould; brilliant red colour and looks like a heap of little sausages. This was an afternoon shot and I may have caught it on the change.
UPDATE: Thanks to Denis, I now have a probable identification for this slime mould. Hemitrichia serpula. This one has been recently added to Fungimap's Target Species list, so I will submit my record.
2nd UPDATE: Dr. May does not think this specimen is Hemitrichia serpula! So - it remains unidentified!

No. 5. Chuck a coin up into the air, Cortinarius; Dermocybe - or something entirely different! There was a small colony of these growing in deep, damp litter in a shallow channel. Cap width around 4 to 5cm.

No. 6. May be Dermocybe species. It's obviously got evidence of a veil

No. 7. Again, no idea!! Growing in litter and cap around 4cm diameter.
No. 8. A "Bird's Nest" - Crucibulum laeve
No. 9. A Puffball - Vascellum pratense, I suspect.

Friday, June 26, 2009

June Fungi - 5

After a bit more rain, I've been out and about again. Here is a selection of my latest discoveries.

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No. 1 might be Crepidotus variabilis.
No. 2 Clitocybe clitocyboides.

No. 3 possibly Crepidotus eucalyptorum

No. 4. Mycena nargan which was growing in a
vertical hollow. This photo could have been better but I had trouble focusing whilst on tippy-toe!

No. 5. Bolbitius vitellinus (Egg-yolk Fieldcap) which was growing in litter under a Pittosporum in my garden.

No 6. Possibly Tremella species. It might be Tremella encephala.

No. 7. This might be Hypholoma fasciculare.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


It's hardly surprising I would aim my camera at interesting lichens I might trip over when on a fungi mission given the symbiotic relationship between some algae and some fungi to form lichen.

Here are a couple that caught my eye. The yellow one I found today in the prime of life, after 9.5mm of rain overnight. It was on a dead branch, Casuarina, I think. It's possibly Teloschistes species.

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This next one is sometimes called "coral lichen" for obvious reasons! It's a ground-dweller and Cladia species. There is a Cladia known as East Coast Snow and that's exactly what this one looks like when you stumble into a large colony of the stuff!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June Fungi 4

I'm up to 47 species, give or take a couple of duplications, for the month so far and some of them have been far from easy to identify!

Here is a selection with identifications where possible.

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No.1 Mycena kuurkacea

No. 2 was growing in my compost and only survived a day. I have no idea what it is.
UPDATE: Thanks to Gaye, I now have an identification. Coprinus species, possibly Coprinus cinereus.

No. 3 Coprinellus micaceus

No. 4 was growing on a block of wood in my woodpile. It might be Conchomyces bursiformis as it is "hoof-shaped" and the gills were white - but I am far from sure!

No. 5 is Stereum hirsutum. The second shot shows how the fruiting body glues itself to the substrate.

No. 6 pending correct identification.

No. 7 is an interesting fungus growing on a piece of bark in my woodpile. It was approximately 2cm wide. Awaiting advice on this one as there was nothing I could find on the internet nor in Fuhrer remotely resembling this fungus..