Observation 20356: Ryvardenia campyla (Berk.) Rajchenb.
When: 2009-04-16
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This would have to be one of the most exciting and most beautiful fungi I have ever observed. As the light through the canopy kept changing, the reflected light from the globules of coloured liquid presented me with a never ending cathedral like display of luminance and rays of light, that was impossible to capture with a mere camera. I watched this display for some time and the exhilaration was incredible. I must admit the adrenalin was really pumping. Needless to say I did take some out of focus images in my eagerness to capture every moment. Saying this, the beauty is only in the eye of the beholder.(so I am told).
I took many images, some good, some bad. As the light was changing continually I had great difficulty in getting sharp images when shooting long exposures. (so much for my idea on a benchmark for colour calibrating temperature of images.)
In this situation any number of images were correctly balanced and represented in calibrated colour, but none were the same as can be easily seen in the loaded images..
The liquid I thought may have been raindrops captured and stored during the torrential rain we have been receiving. I touched the liquid, and rubbed it between my fingers. Surprisingly it was not sticky, but did leave a very slight resin feeling when my fingers began to dry. I could not detect any specific aroma to mention.
It was also interesting to note that the droplets were tan coloured and were even attached to the underside of the body in places where the surface was dark. The dark surface area had a velvet touch and the body of the fungi was quite firm. The pores appeared to be irregular and had no real pattern. The specimen was on the base section of a large eucalyptus, and was a single specimen, except for the small specimen to the l.h.s. of the main body. I broke the smaller section away from the trunk and cut it in half. This did not reveal much to me and the image I took of this was not sharp. Some of the base of the fungi remained attached to the trunk.
The overall width of this fungi was approximately 7-8 inches across, but it was only about 5 inches in height. It had what would be described as a “squat habit”.
The water globules were about standard pencil size. There did not seem to be any insects or flies, and the surrounding ground underneath the specimen was normal with decaying leaf litter. (and leeches!!).

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Danny

Unfortunately no. I at the time thought that the fungi was going to be esily identified due to its characteristics. Obviously that was a mistake. Whenever and where-ever possible I do tru to show the underside or gills of finds these days. Put it down to inexperience and lack of an accompanying mycologist. That would often save all some grief. Some of the areas that I go to are fairly steep and inhospital. (no excuses though, always enjoy my outings in the Australian bushlands.) kk

Ian
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-10 18:23:36 CDT (-0400)

For myself as well, the forest is a recurring source of child-like wonder. I expect that no amount of gray hairs will ever change that.

The sole part of your description that left me wanting was the curiously arranged pore surface you mention (and by ‘wanting’ I mean in want of images to go along with your notes). Have you any shots of the underside?

Ah Ian, you are a poet in photographers clothing!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-17 17:45:29 CDT (-0400)

Your posting shows how a mushroom can fill not just your belly, but your heart and spirit, and makes Doug’s “favorite” question, “but can you eat it?” wholly beside the point.
A nice example of a mushroomer’s version of “rapture of the deep”: woods, that is!

Awesome!
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-17 11:30:25 CDT (-0400)

Looks like a Grifola or Meripilus or Bondarzewia but don’t know if those are existing in down under. I didn’t find any similar there. The drops, well, some polypores exude droplets when young like Inonotus but here it seems to be just the rain. And speaking of leeches, I really went mad at them at Mount Sorrow in Queensland (Cape Tribulation) – these monsters were hard to get rid of!!!!

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