Observation 198979: Leucocoprinus cretaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Locq.
When: 2015-02-05

Notes: This was an interesting fruiting body found in the crevasse of a very large hollow and decaying tree that still had a solid base of about 15feet circumference and rising to about 20 feet.( It may have been a Cedar.) Several fungi were located at this time, and I presume all to be the same species in different stages of maturity and either in open filtered light or complete shade.
I also revisited this find area in a week later and found an immature specimen that was most exciting in its physical appearance, and also a semi mature specimen displaying a different body colour. I also believe it to be the same species. Further investigation into an inaccessible area inside the log on the second visit a week later also revealed younger examples of this fungi in the early stages of development in an area inside the log devoid of light. Normally I would separate the images into individual files, but I believe the collection as a group will be better suited for identification. If requested I will reload the three groups into separate Observations.
All the specimens are on decaying wood. The area is semi rainforest and the canopy is about 50%. A fresh water stream is close at hand and this area is usually in continuous shade. Heavy rainfall has caused this large dead tree to have some fall in at the upper levels. I have not recorded the white immature example before and it reminded me of some of the attributes of the Amanita species,but being on wood may be the deciding factor. I have kept two of the finds and the third was not possible to recover without damaging the dear trunk.
I will load the images in their chronological order.

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Please note: this image and all the following images were taken one week later than the Observation date of this file. The white fruiting body was exposed to filtered light. (jpg’s 75984/86 75990/91)
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Please note: These next two images were in the deepest section of the base of the dead trunk and with little or no light.
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This image was taken after removing the fungi (base wood intact) to a position for better light.

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