Observation 204432: Agaricales sensu lato

Maybe Cantharellus. Found in open Eucalyptus rainforest floor area. Single specimen only. Note the sharp base area of the stipe. I have found much younger specimens here before but none as mature as this specimen.

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Dried specimen.

Tom, I cant be real sure but I think I sent the dried specimen down to Heino Lepp in Canberra. I will have to go through my notes. Thanks for your interesting comments. I think this is the second time I have located this specimen which is a one only location I visit regularly. kk

Not sure what to call this! There are some issues.
By: Tom May (funkeytom)
2015-07-18 15:56:26 CEST (+0200)

Hi Ian

This is a very interesting record. I really dont know in which genus to put this, and without a specimen to check spores, I am not sure it can be placed in a particular genus with confidence. I would not worry too much arguing the case normally, but the species Gloecantharellus purpurascens has not otherwise been reported from Australia (this, as far as I aware, would be the first record), so I think the burden of proof has to be a little higher than normal. Also, this species is of high conservation significance (see, for example the Global Fungi Red List Initiative ), where the species is shown only from North America – and therefore a range to extention to Australia alters things considerably. I’d be most comfortable with Agaricales sp. – even though there is a very strong resemblance of the fruit-body to Gloeocantharellus purpurascens.

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