Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fanciful Fungi #8: Hide and Seek Fungi @ Square Rock

A long time ago, April actually, five of us went on a fungi hunting adventure in Namadgi National Park. I have been meaning to sort and organise these fungi photos for awhile now, but been super busy with the PhD (getting close to the end), writing for other rad peeps (Thesis Whisperer, PhD2Published, The Conversation, ViewPoint) and the rest of the time I seem to be flopping around the house in a manic-daze.

Thanks to Lynds for this photo of us at Square Rock

Lynds, Lee, Bron, Jola and I all walked to Square Rock and back. It is an easy-moderate walk about 8km long, with plenty of fungi along the trail. Jola was particularily good at spotting them on the ground or hiding under leaves, and Lee found stacks on logs. With so many amazing fungi, I have chosen a few of my favourites to classify.

This beautiful pink funk had slugs all over it munching away. Although its colour doesn't make it look that appetising, it must be for some animals! I believe this one is Fomitopsis lilacinogilva (or related to it), which can be identified from its pink colour. It is found on dead wood, and leaves a cubical rot in the timber after it has died.

I love the tiny fungi you can find on rotting wood. These ones wouldn't be much bigger than my thumbnail! Unfortunately I am unable to work out what they are. Their little bell like shape, and gills as identifying features seems to be missing from my book. Suggestions on their species would be most welcome.

I have always wanted to find a purple fungus! This Cortinarius archeri  is getting a little old, and starting to get a brown tinge on the top. However, they are common in many eucalypt forests around Australia, so keep an eye out for them!

 Another woody bracket fungi, I think. The brown splodges are actually amber coloured water. It is another elusive species missing from my book. Guesses welcome.

Apart from the fungi, the walk had some amazing views and  rock caves and crevices to explore. You could imagine Indigenous Australians camping between the rocks, protected from the sun and rain, and sheltering their fires.

It is starting to get a bit cold in Canberra for fungi, with snow already on the Brindabellas. Probably no more fungi until next year :(

1 comment:

  1. you're amazing ;) I adore all your fungi related posts