Won’t you take me to … Fungi Town

We of a certain age will remember that catchy refrain from the 1980s band Lipps Inc. Or at least it sounded something like that.

Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric

This has been a strange year for fungi. Maybe I missed them, but for the first time that I can recall we have not seen the Fairy Toadstools or Fly Agarics (Amanita muscaria), pictured left, decorating the floor of our pine grove. However with the recent rains, mushrooms and toadstools are popping up all over the place. Here are a few of the more funky fungi I have recently noticed around the place.

"Pixie's Wading Pool'

“Pixie’s Wading Pool’

Pictured right are specimens from the Cup fungi family with the scientific name Aleurina ferruginea. I cannot find a common name for them, but given they are only 3–4 mm across, I am proposing the name Pixie’s Wading Pools. Even though they are quite common, due to their size you will need to keep a sharp eye out to see them. They exist in dispersed groups and tight clusters of individuals on (very small) bare patches of ground.

Jelly Fungus

Jelly Fungus

The Jelly Fungus (Tremella mesenterica) pictured left is one of the earliest fungi to appear in the season. It has a gelatinous texture and is found throughout eucalypt forests on fallen tree trunks and branches.

Golden Jelly-bells

Golden Jelly-bells

Another common fungus on dead logs is Golden Jelly-bells (Heterotextus peziziformis). It starts its life orange in colour that fades with age, but eventually dries deep orange in colour.

Very funky indeed!

Advertisements

6 comments

  1. Love the photos of the fungi, keep them coming as it can be hard to identify them as there are so many, I have always thought that we need a fungi expert up here to take as for a walk.

  2. Your Tremella fuciformis is misidentified–it’s actually Tremella mesenterica. T. fuciformis is clear/white. I found your entry because someone quoted you about T. mesenterica on a FUNGI Facebook group!

    1. Hi Lisa, Thanks for your comment. You are indeed correct and I have amended the post accordingly. I am not a fungi expert (can you tell?) and it would also appear that I am colour blind. I hope it hasn’t caused too much confusion. R

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s