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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mystery of the Blue Fungus solved

The mystery of the Blue Fungus at Granite Falls has been solved courtesy of the Sydney Fungal Studies Group in their latest Newsletter.

Compare my poor photo - without flash - (above) and theirs (from the magazine). 
Extracted from SFSG Newsletter Vol 23 # 2,  April 2011
Here is my second shot.
Note the blue stem.
Entoloma virescens at Granite Falls, NSW.
Various people told me it was an "Entoloma". Thanks to Don and Judith Gover from SFSG and Gaye Drady and also Peter (commenting all the way from Germany).

Now it seems I have the full name Entoloma virescens. The only odd thing about that is that "virescens" means: "go, grow or become green" I have seldom seen such a blue fungus. But according to this site, it does age into a dull green colour.

Thanks once again to everyone who helped along the way. Co-operative Blogging and Internet work is a great feeling.


Snail said...

It's always good to get a confirmed ID! And it's a fabulous fungus.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Snail
Yes indeed. So grateful to my groups (lots of them ) of friends with various specialties - birds, orchids, fungi, and even some nice Invertebrate specialists :-))
Blogging is great, especially when you get a result.

mick said...

Hi Denis, When I was reading your post about the ID this morning I realized that I had been told about a similar fungus by friends in New Zealand some time ago. They live in the south Island of NZ. They even sent me a photo but it looks more like the ones photographed by Marcus Schnell. Do fungus have a world wide spread? I think they must.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick
Some fungi are universal. Some not.
But that genus certainly is widespread. Peter, the Fungi Guy, is from Germany and he agreed to was "an Entoloma", so obviously he is familiar with them.
Bottom line is Fungi are ancient life forms, and had every chance to spread while continents were playing "Shuffleboard".
Plus their spores are so incredibly fine, they can carry on wind currents right around the globe. Crossing the Tasman is a doddle. Even Orchid seeds can do that.