13 June 2012
With pleasant weather I walked along the Sassafras Creek Reserve and through Sherbrooke Forest scouting out fungus again.
It hasn't been a particularly good year for them but its still keeping me busy.
I walked from my home in Monbulk to the edge of the forest in Belgrave and back again —
— and I was starting to feel it in my legs towards the end of the day.
First one up for discussion is this one
, which didn't appear to have gills or pores.
It may be a young Podoserpula pusio
I had seen these a few years ago
but the ones I saw today weren't stacked.
Next were these slender spikes
rising out of the ground.
I thought they might be a Cordyceps
but not one I've seen before (nor what I can find in my reference books).
I will have to return in a couple of days to see how they are going but they were on a track so hopefully they don't get trampled.
I was also happy to find a colony of Mucronella pendula
in Sherbrooke Forest, having previously only seen them in Kurth Kiln Park.
I'll also have to return to these to see if there's going to be more fruiting bodies like the pictures in the books.
I also saw a couple of slim-mould colonies.
The first one had dark fruiting bodies with an unusual yellow collar
The second one was just the one color
, as is more usual.
Both these species had a fruiting body with a total length (including stalk) of about 5mm so, understandably, are difficult to photograph.
Although these organisms exhibit similarities in their life cycle to fungi they are however classified in a different kingdom.