7 June 2015
Things looked bleak for fungus around the Ada Tree car park (possibly due to the recent cold)
but as I had a lot of time before the 10:30 group start time I explored around a bit.
At first I walked down an old track but still found little, which was when I changed attire and began exploring a myrtle beech gully.
This is where I found some unusual glutinous cup fungi
From a distance I thought they were Leucogloea compressa
but when I got close to photograph them I realized they were quite different.
They appear as typical white, stalked discs to around 5mm diameter that are however
completely surrounded by a clear jelly from which the top of the cup emerges.
These were scattered along about three metres of a fallen branch hanging off the ground, probably of a silver wattle Acacia dealbata
Then in a boggy seepage leading to a creek on wood atop the water I found some
There were two colonies on small pieces of wood about 10m apart.
These featured a greenish-black vertical stipe around 25mm long with a globular orange-brown head.
They appeared to dry off quickly once I brought them back to the car park as in their original habitat the stem at least was glistening wet.
From records available they seem quite rare and are likely only found on soaked wood in Nothofagus
Although these two findings distracted the group when we did finally get started the first interesting thing I found near the car park was
a colony of Chromocyphella muscicola
growing on the mossy trunk of a Hazel Pomaderris Pomaderris aspera
These are minute cups several millimetres across with a beige outer surface and light brown, smooth inner surface.
They are uncommon with few records
but probably often overlooked.
Some other fungi I'll mention were some white corals
that reminded me of distorted Macrotyphula juncea
emerging from the underside of a rotten root ball,
although one fruiting body was branched, which Macrotyphula juncea
are not known for.
There were also Mitrula
growing on the ground
and on soft tree-fern Dicksonia antarctica
This may or may not be the same species as this fern is known to be a host to numerous terrestrial species.
I have previously observed fungi, such as Hygrocybe chromolimonea
, and the maroonhood orchid Pterostylis pedunculata
growing on the trunks of Dicksonia antarctica