Robertson has had a huge amount of rain recently (as regular readers would know). But it has also been very cold, which is often thought to not favour Fungi producing their "fruiting bodies". I went out on Friday to see if there was any new sprouting of fungi. I did not see a lot of fungal activity, but there were some, and they were varieties unfamiliar to me.
Two Limacella (?) fungi
This first one might be a species of Limacella - based upon an image of a similar looking Fungus in Bruce Fuhrer's Field Guide to Australian Fungi. I could not find any images on the Sydney Fungal Studies Group, or on the FungiNet site.
The creamy coloured caps were very smooth, as was its stem. There was no "ring" visible on the stem. The gills were coloured pale greyish-cream.
Consequently, this "naming" is based only on very coarse resemblance, not a detailed analysis of characteristic features, as I was unable to find any detailed references.
This is an unidentified Fungus, which had a dark brown, glossy cap which resembled the coating of a Chestnut.
Sulphur- yellow gills and stem
Underneath, this fungus had distinctive sulphur-yellow gills, and the stem was the same colour (internally). The outside of the stem was stained dark brown, presumably from dropped spores, so I conclude that its spores are dark brown.
There were several flowers remaining on a group of "Cobra Greenhoods" (Diplodium grandiflorum) in a colony which I knew of from previous visits to this site. Clearly they are on the end of their flowering cycle.
Elsewhere in this patch of forest, I know that there are a few of the Tall Greenhoods (Bunochilus longifolius) still in flower, but I did not see any in this little patch of forest, on Friday.
Apart from these, the local Orchids all seem to be either dormant, or not flowering at present.