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Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Saturday, June 23, 2012

More of the Fungi from Comerong Island

Please read this in conjunction with yesterday's post.

One thing I did not explain yesterday was that the original purpose of the Comerong Island trip was to look for various Ground Orchids. I was with the local Australasian Native Orchid Society people. As such I did not take the time which would have been necessary to examine all these Fungi in detail - with photos of gills, etc, in all cases.
Consequently some of these IDs are simply based upon similarities with published images, in Bruce Fuhrer's "Field Guide to Australian Fungi", or in the Sydney Fungal Studies Group website, or other published web images. I have linked to other known authoritative sources, where possible.
A baby Polypore?
Quite hard, not squishy.
and not a Gilled or Bolete Fungus

Unknown red-brown gilled fungus
Probably Cortinarius rotundisporus
A steely-blue cap, with yellow "umbo"
which increases in prominence as the Fungus ages.

I love to call these cute little lumpy jelly fungi
"Gummy Bears" (in honour of sweets of that name).
They are also known as "Jelly Babies"
The official name is Leotia lubrica
Possibly Clavaria miniata, "Flame Fungus"
This and the next couple of images are of
relatives of the "Coral Fungi"
But they are growing singly, and
not showing the typical divided heads
of Coral Fungi.
These forms are not rare, just different from
the classic Coral Fungi
and because they are very small, they are less easily seen.
A small specimen probably in what is known as
part of the Clavulina cristata complex.
Another specimen of
the Clavulina cristata complex

A type of Polypore or Bracket Fungus.
This does not grow from a dead tree, as most "brackets" do
but has a stem arising from the ground.
It has a distinctly leathery texture
allowing it to be bent over to reveal
the undersurface.(see below)
Undersurface of this leathery fungus.
It does not show obvious gills, but lines
which radiate out from the stem.
it is possible that it is related to the Gomphus complex of fungi
(note there are Dragonflies which share that name).

A fine gilled capped Fungus
with a dark stem.
Not sure what type.
This one I DO KNOW
Ghost Fungus. A luminous fungus.
Omphalotus nidiformis

Some unusual Geastrum (Earth Star) Puffballs
The reddish colour and poorly divided outer shells
make these somewhat unusual.
Another type of brown viscid gilled fungus
This one has a prominent "umbo"
A clump of moss growing on the ground,
with a small Mycena at left
This Mycena I did pick
to show the fine basal "hairs"
low down on the stem.
(Click on image to enlarge it)
This specimen was growing
from the moss on rotting wood


Anonymous said...

What no orchids! We're waiting.

Denis Wilson said...

A few will come up tonight, Colin.