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What

Bonnets Genus Mycena

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 29, 2020 05:34 PM AEST

Description

This clump of mycena had shallow bell-shaped caps ( about 20 mm wide) with deep brown striations radiating from the centre.The caps had dark centres. Stipes were smooth and pale with a tinge of brown towards the base. The stipe nearer the cap appeared thicker than the rest of it - ? significance.
Gills were spaced and white.
Spotted growing on the trunk of a large eucalypt - cool temperate forest.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 29, 2020 04:45 PM AEST

Description

Looking like the rock faces of a miniature Grand Canyon, this earthy orange crust thinly covered decaying wood. There were leathery patches of dark brown and it was difficult to tell this apart from the orange crust. Some moisture droplets were visible but there were no obvious pores.
Growing in a hollowed out decaying lichen covered eucalypt tree stump in a cool temperate rainforest.

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What

Shelf Fungi Order Polyporales

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 29, 2020 05:16 PM AEST

Description

Glossy dark leathery thin fungi growing like a plaque along the wood and shelving to form fan-shaped brackets. The dark surface showed zones and the outer margins were white. The underside showed a haphazard arrangement of angular,circular and elongated pores and furrows.
Growing on a damp decaying log - Sassafras or myrtle beech.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 29, 2020 04:42 PM AEST

Description

Puffy deep orange growths with a smooth surface and irregular margins. On the upper side of the log the growth appeared to have thinned off to a blackened crust with blisters. The centres of some of some of these blisters had collapsed forming regular rimmed wells.
Growing on a very damp decaying log -temerate rainforest.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 24, 2020 03:14 PM AEST

Description

These fruiting bodies were small (about 2mm or less) and had a wide rounded bell-shape.The outer surface was thin, rough with hairs, and the inside appeared smooth.
There was no obvious stipe.

Spotted growing on a patch of mass on the trunk of dog wood tree (Pomaderris )

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 24, 2020 03:23 PM AEST

Description

Black nodular shapes upto about 35 mm wide with a thin brittle crust. The crust appeared to be fused minute bulging shapes (pic 4). The balls collapsed easily exposing an undifferentiated mass of black material.
Some of the nodules had a white bloom and white hyphae were seen around them.
Spotted growing on a moss covered trunk of dog wood tree (Pomaderris sp.)

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What

Bracket Fungi Family Polyporaceae

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 15, 2020 03:03 PM AEST

Description

The underside of this fungus was uneven and covered with minutes short spines that were only obvious on close inspection.
The underside also had droplets of moisture.
The upper surface was dark woody and glossy. It appeared t be growing in shelves about 50 to 70 mm wide. The irregular margins were devoid of any algal or mossy covering making them noticeably attractive.

Spotted on the trunk of a large eucalypt - damp rain forest

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 20, 2020 03:19 PM AEST

Description

Delcate small white clubs on slender stalk. Spotted on a damp treefern.
I assume the green streaks below the fruiting bodies is the lagal symbiont.

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Square

What

False Turkey-Tail Stereum ostrea

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 20, 2020 02:16 PM AEST

Description

Underside spotted with beads of moisture.
On damp eucalyptus log in a nature reserve.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 20, 2020 02:23 PM AEST

Description

These beautiful viscid small bonnet fungi had convex pale brown caps about 10 mm wide. Gills were distant white and decurrent. Stipes were white and covered with mucilage.
Gregarious on damp rotting eucalyptus log in a nature reserve.

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What

Jelly Fungi Order Tremellales

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 15, 2020 03:40 PM AEST

Description

Clumps of white opaque jelly cups covered by translucent layer of jelly. Some were small and nodular and others were tinged pink.
The largest would have been about 7 mm wide.
Also on the branch were minute pink jelly buttons (Ascocoryne sp.)
Spotted on a damp moss covered tree trunk - rain forest with eucalyptus and southern beech trees.
? Myxarium.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 15, 2020 02:42 PM AEST

Description

About 20mm tall and their sacs about 10 mm wide. Fruiting bodies were partially collapsed but their bright orange stoma were clearly visible.
Spotted on a clay bank amongst moss in a damp fern gully - nature reserve/myrtle beech forest

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 15, 2020 03:18 PM AEST

Description

Looking like molten lava these orange patches of small folds and swelling were the fruiting bodies of this merulioid fungus. On close examination I could see angular pores.
Spotted on burnt well decayed and damp myrtle beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii ) log - nature reserve

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What

Shelf Fungi Order Polyporales

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 15, 2020 03:16 PM AEST

Description

Firm dark blistery outgrowths on log surface with an orange crust (probably pore surface) forming plaques around some of them. The growths along the side and underside of the log were in smooth, hard folds with their flat fertile surfaces facing the ground.
The fertile surface was orange with minute pores. Margins were pale and free. This layer was missing from most of these fungal growths, probably eaten. It appeared to have been replaced by a layer of mucilage.
The largest of these growths was about 55 mm wide.
Observed on a damp decaying and aged log (probably myrtle beech) which probably had not been moved for awhile. The log was lying across a narrow deep ditch and so the underside was not in contact with the ground.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

November 8, 2016 12:47 PM AEDT

Description

A beautiful small beetle about 12 to 15 mm long. Head and thorax were orange with a pale orange band. Elytra were dark with short stiff setae giving it a shimmery look. There were narrow orange bands; one at the base of and two near the apex. The elytra did not completely cover the abdomen. Legs were dark.
Possibly 6 to 7 antennal segment with the tips being club-shaped.

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What

Golden-eye Lichen Teloschistes chrysophthalmus

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

January 26, 2017 11:34 AM AEDT

Description

Clumps of bright orange-yellow lichen with branched tips seen on tea-tree branches.The apothecia were a deeper orange with stiff spiny fringes.

Spotted on coastal dunes.

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What

White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

March 17, 2017 08:11 AM AEDT

Description

This handsome visitor to our back yard looked very much like a large domestic pigeon with a fluffy white breast and head; the neck feathers separated like gill slits when it extended the neck. The top of the head had a pale yellow wash. The white belly between the legs had grey flecks. The back, wings and tail were a deep grey with a metallic sheen. The edges of the flight feathers had a beautiful brown tinge. The bill was red with a pale tip.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

January 6, 2018 10:12 PM AEDT

Description

Water Penny -A small, very active dark beetle with a slightly dorso-ventrally flattened body. The elytra showed two narrow bands of pale specks. The pronotum which was the same colour as the elytra had a pair of short pale streaks on either side of midline arising from the posterior margin. The lateral margins had pale flecks. The elytra stopped short of the terminal abdominal segments. Head was small with relatively large closely placed eyes. Antennae were segmented.
Legs were thin with feeble tarsi.
Attracted to graden lights - warm night.

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Square

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 6, 2018 12:55 PM AEST

Description

Small grey buttons, about .5mm on acacia leaf.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

July 5, 2018 01:06 PM AEST

Description

Immature female galls about 20 mm long. They had slightly thick bases and rose straight from stems. There might have been an apical hole. The galls appeared to be slightly ridged. Older galls were parasitised.
Spotted on peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus radiata) in a flora reserve (Langwarrin)

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

July 5, 2018 01:02 PM AEST

Description

Male galls -Small cylindrical galls with fluted surface arising mostly from ruptured upper surface of leaves. Some were a deep purple in colour. The free ends of the galls were flat in most.
Spotted on the leaves of a peppermint gum Eucalyptus radiata in a fauna & flora reserve. ( Langwarrin)

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

May 26, 2017 02:52 PM AEST

Description

Vaguely trumpet shaped, these fruiting bodies had greyish white spore surface forming the outside of the trumpet. The fawn coloured caps were wrinkled with frilly margins.
Spore print was white.
Spotted in damp soil in a well-shaded area in a eucalypt forest.

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What

Grey Coral Fungus Clavulina cinerea

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 10, 2020 01:00 PM AEST

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What

Crazed Caps Genus Dermoloma

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 4, 2020 12:47 PM AEST

Description

Grey-brown viscid cap about 35 mm wide with inrolled margins. The cap was damaged probably by birds scratching the dirt aorund tree base but the itact part showed minute brown scales. Gills were a greyish white. The long thick stipe was also viscid with dark fibrils nearer the cap.
Spotted growing along the underside of a eucalptus tree root. Soil was damp from recent rains.
- ?Dermoloma

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

June 10, 2020 01:47 PM AEST

Description

On bark - damp eucalyptus log.

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

May 22, 2017 03:42 PM AEST

Description

A soft white furry cap with underside showing minute triangular white teeth. The cap would have been about 2 cms.
Spotted on live tree with thick bark - can't recall species.
Sorry about the fuzzy pics. Clear photos not possible as growth was high up on tree. Very interested to know what species of fungus this is.

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What

Subterranean Clover Trifolium subterraneum

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

October 22, 2019 11:57 AM AEDT

Description

Small white flowers with petals arranged like others in this family -banner petals were about 10 mm wide with thin purple streaks. The corolla was about 8 mm long and white. Calyces were hairy. Leaves were trifoliate with an apical notch and covered with minute hairs.
Spotted growing amongst many other ground covers and grass on a clay bank of a creek - Cardinia Reservoir Park

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What

Black Tulip Harpullia pendula

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

December 12, 2019 12:12 PM AEDT

Description

Attractive flame coloured thin skinned fruit with glossy black seeds decorated this tree with shiny leaves. The fruits were bilobed with a slightly textured exterior.
Spotted lining some of Sydney streets.

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What

Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies Order Agaricales

Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

May 13, 2017 01:48 PM AEST

Description

These fruiting bodies were growing in a clump and therefore had distorted caps. Caps were about 11 cms wide, yellowish orange, dry and scaly. They had slightly in-rolled margins. Giills were a pale orange. Stipe was stout and white.
Spotted amongst eucalypt trees.

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Observer

leuba-ridgway

Date

May 19, 2012 01:06 PM AEST

Description

A gilled mushroom with cap about 55mm wide. Caps with alternating bands of various shades of brown, the centre being darker than the rest. Margin very wavy with crowded dark coloured gills. Short, squat Stipe slightly "furry", white and plain. These mushrooms were growing in a cluster.
Spotted in a coastal region - very sandy soil. Growing in grass with wood debris from coastal leptospermum and banksia forest.

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