Ada Tree

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 Chlorovibrissea bicolor. 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 forest.

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.

image/jpegfungus Ada150607-4444.jpg i07-Jun-2015 09:19 147 KB 960×720
image/jpegfungus Ada150607-4445.jpg i07-Jun-2015 09:20  46.7 KB 880×560
image/jpegfungus Calostoma fuscum Ada150607-4475.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:11 117 KB 800×608
image/jpegfungus Chlorociboria sp Ada150607-4519.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:40  58.2 KB 880×640
image/jpegfungus Chlorovibrissea bicolor Ada150607-4448.jpg i07-Jun-2015 09:30  90.9 KB 1200×800
image/jpegfungus Chlorovibrissea bicolor Ada150607-4463.jpg i07-Jun-2015 10:48 224 KB 2048×1360
image/jpegfungus Chromocyphella muscicola Ada150607-4469.jpg i07-Jun-2015 10:56  82 KB 800×640
image/jpegfungus Crepidotus sp Ada150607-4538.jpg i07-Jun-2015 14:27 104 KB 800×600
image/jpegfungus Hypholoma sp Ada150607-4429.jpg i07-Jun-2015 08:51  76.5 KB 880×720
image/jpegfungus Leucogloea compressa Ada150607-4509.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:03  98.4 KB 720×560
image/jpegfungus Macrotyphula cf juncea Ada150607-4493.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:28  89.2 KB 640×640
image/jpegfungus Marasmius 'angina' Ada150607-4439.jpg i07-Jun-2015 08:59  87.9 KB 800×1120
image/jpegfungus Mitrula sp (ground) Ada150607-4506.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:00  81 KB 800×512
image/jpegfungus Mitrula sp (ground) Ada150607-4507.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:00  52 KB 640×688
image/jpegfungus Mitrula sp (tree-fern) Ada150607-4511.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:37  48 KB 480×720
image/jpegfungus Mitrula sp (tree-fern) Ada150607-4512.jpg i07-Jun-2015 12:37  58.4 KB 640×560
image/jpegfungus Mucronella pendula Ada150607-4503.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:55  72.4 KB 720×640
image/jpegfungus Ramariopsis crocea Ada150607-4497.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:39 147 KB 800×1200
image/jpegfungus Russula persanguinea Ada150607-4459.jpg i07-Jun-2015 09:50 125 KB 640×800
image/jpegmite (Trombidiformes) Ada150607-4484.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:21  81 KB 800×600
image/jpegslime-mould Ada150607-4480.jpg i07-Jun-2015 11:19  84.9 KB 768×512

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