Observation 183457: Reticularia intermedia Nann, -Bremek
When: 2014-10-16

Notes: Unusual Puffball? located on end of dead log. Colour was unusual and when subject fungi was removed from its habitat, several changes occurred. It started to loose its original colours of the cap and commenced to dry out rapidly. The underside had a chrome like appearance in the central area. Later when bisected the final stages of the drying effect was observed to be immediate. Some peeling of cap layers also became apparent at this later stage. The original Cap was not showing this, although it did have a slightly sticky surface. Bisection was easily applied with little resistance occurring. Micrograph included and in this the spores (brown and round.), seem to have a splitting habit. (Melzers x100). I do not think other spore are attaching themselves to spore close by, as some spore are without the habit or effect. The outer cell of each spore seems to be releasing matter but in all cases observed still attached to the spore. It should be noted that all images were not taken in the field, except for image 6, which was taken in the field. See added notes with image number 6.(KA15472.jpg)

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Note Cap Colouring and White band at base . This became almost undetectable when fungi was removed and commenced to dry out.

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Used references: Puffball
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Recognized by sight: This specimen looks a lot like the one on the hiddenforest website.

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I don’t think this is Bovista, Ian.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-10-17 09:18:12 CEST (+0200)

Bovista is a common fungus in my area. I grows in pastures and grasslands, often gets separated from its base, and is blown around by the wind.

Something else?


I did find a reference in Mushrooms Demystified, (David Arora), that has a similar reference detail. P 697-8. A great deal of the description fits the find, but this Fungi: Bovista plumbea is a common European mushroom, (puffball), as far as I can gather. I do not have an Australian reference to the find. Will just have to see what comes up. The specimen has not been dried yet as it appears to be in a close state to that now. I do not think it can deteriorate for the moment.

I’ll be interested to see what this is, too, Ian.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-10-17 06:56:58 CEST (+0200)

Another one-er.

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