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World of Fungi

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When we see a fungus above ground, we are actually only seeing about 10% of the whole organism called the "fruiting body" as 90% of it is underground as the "roots" or the mycelium. Depending on their food-source, fungi is either a Sapotroph or Parasite. Some have restricted distributions while others have broad ranges. The best time to search for fungal fruiting bodies is during the cooler, wet months. That's the time to go for walks with your camera and to capture these intriguing organisms at their best.

  • Glenda Walter identified a sighting

    Sighting Cup fungi, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Glenda Walter 22 April 2019
    Ascomycota
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Ascomycota
    Glenda Walter says

    The name Phillipsia subpurpurea is not available on BowerBird. These tiny cups were up to 10 mm across.

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    Cup fungi, Toowoomba

    Pink cups

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Redwood Park, Toowoomba 4350

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  • Glenda Walter identified a sighting

    Sighting Bottle shaped fungi, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Glenda Walter 22 April 2019
    Lyophyllum
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricales: Lyophyllaceae: Lyophyllum
    Glenda Walter says

    The first time I have seen these strange looking gilled fungi. The only gills I saw were on the dead one (last image), so they must develop right at the end of the life of the fruit body. A large fresh clump about 20 cm across was not far from two dead clumps in grass at the side of a track.

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    Bottle shaped fungi, Toowoomba

    Fat fungi

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Redwood Park, Toowoomba 4350

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  • Glenda Walter identified a sighting

    Sighting Gilled brackets, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Glenda Walter 22 April 2019
    Lenzites acuta
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Polyporales: Polyporaceae: Lenzites: acuta
    Common Names: Fungi, wood-rotting fungi
    Glenda Walter says

    Large, fresh brackets with gills instead of pores on the undersides.

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    Gilled brackets, Toowoomba

    Gilled brackets

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Redwood Park, Toowoomba 4350

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  • Glenda Walter identified a sighting

    Sighting Purple puffball, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Glenda Walter 22 April 2019
    Calvatia lilacina
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricales: Agaricaceae: Calvatia: lilacina
    Common Names: Fungi, Gilled mushrooms
    Glenda Walter says

    A smallish specimen about 5 cm across. The top splits open, spilling bright purple spores into the air and onto the surrounding ground.

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    Purple puffball, Toowoomba

    Purple Calvatia

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Redwood Park, Toowoomba 4350

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  • Glenda Walter identified a sighting

    Sighting Arcularia mesenterica, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Glenda Walter 22 April 2019
    Auricularia mesenterica
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    Taxonomy: Fungi: Basidiomycota: Auriculariales: Auriculariaceae: Auricularia: mesenterica
    Common Names: Fungi, jelly fungi
    Glenda Walter says

    Found growing on the underside of a dead log. If it grows on a vertical log this fungus forms soft narrow brackets, greenish with pale margins.

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    Arcularia mesenterica, Toowoomba

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    Sighted 22 Apr 2019
    Redwood Park, Toowoomba 4350

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