Sighting

Tamara Leitch 3 Jul 2016

Cannonball Fungus

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Sighted 3 Jul 2016
Morwell National Park, Fosters Gully Walk, Section H

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Identifications

  • Tamara Leitch 3 July 2016
    Sphaerobolus stellatus
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Geastrales: Geastraceae: Sphaerobolus: stellatus
    Common Names: Fungi, earthstars
    Tamara Leitch says

    These fungi were approx 2mm in size and sparsely scattered across the surface of a small stick. The stick was found on the ground on the upper slope south of the gully, and no other specimens were found in the immediate vicinity.

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Notes

  • Reiner Richter 3 July 2016
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    Reiner Richter says

    These guys are interesting and cool but difficult to get a decent photo of so well done. I haven't seen them on such a relatively dry stick as yours, only on very wet and rotten wood or bark where everything is just a mushy mess.

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  • Tamara Leitch 3 July 2016
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    Tamara Leitch says

    Thanks, Reiner. Yes, they were so tiny that I didn't realise what they were until I picked the stick up, and then I was pretty excited as I've never seen them before. Probably lucky to see the different stages too, given that there wasn't a great number of them. The location itself wasn't particularly wet, as it was up out of the gully a bit and the vegetation consisted mostly of Sweet Pittosporum with a leaf litter understorey, and a few fallen branches from nearby Mountain Grey Gums.

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