I admit to being obsessive, sometimes! Today was another fabulous fungi day, with a few new discoveries and some identifications. After walking through the forest adjacent to Coila Lake (on the Bingie side) I was really tired … S kept on finding new fungi, but I had to plead … “only show me something spectacular”… I felt as though my hard drive was full.
Can you imagine how they push up through the soil? Most fungi we found today had sand, grass, or leaf litter encrusting them. I scraped away what I could, to reveal the fruiting body more fully.
Maybe this one is tasty? We are not collecting any to eat! We walked in the sandy forest for several hours, totally entranced by all that was being revealed. It was the best adventure you can imagine, watching mother nature show herself.
Isn’t this hairy webcap spectacular? It is just as interesting on the underside …
Some were large and imposing, others very tiny and hard to see. I am showing you some of the bigger ones in this blog. But here is small one, a delicate white coral fungus. It was hidden in thick foliage and leaf litter at the base of a giant eucalypt.
The boletes fascinated me the most today. They are fungi like the Hairy Webcap above, and it seems they are difficult to identify. Perhaps some that we saw are even ‘new’ discoveries?
This one has a rough scaly red cap, and vivid yellow pores. Another that was quite common in the forest was phallus-like, and did not appear to ‘open’ until eventually we found a more mature one that was open, again revealing vivid yellow pores.
Just one more of these beauties today … do they fascinate you too?
Who knew fungi used such wonderful colours? Did you know that land fungi evolved about 1,300 million years ago and had a crucial role in preparing the planet for life as we know it today. Fungi play a major part in controlling carbon too … since the majority of plants team up with fungi, exchanging plant carbon for soil nutrients supplied by the fungus. Fungi are our major recyclers, creating soil from plant waste … in fact after a little thought it becomes obvious we could not live on Earth without them.
There are many more to share … so come back if you are interested!