Observation 212058: Fungi Bartl.
When: 2015-08-05
Who: karode13
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Unknown fungi growing on disturbed soil in wet forest gully bank, about 2 metres above the creek line. Surrounding area is quite mossy with mixed native trees of Eucalyptus, Acacia, ferns.

First thought was a deformed Geoglossum as this one was growing among a large group of them. I didn’t think this was the case after further inspection. Fine mycelium strands extend from the base and into the soil, some can be seen in the pictures taken the next day.

Length of fruit body is 15mm. Maximum width is 7mm.
No odour.
Spores pending….

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Right Profile. Picture taken 12 hours after being collected. Mycleium noted in soil at base.
Left Profile. Picture taken 12 hours after being collected.
Cross section

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I like your idea
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2015-08-08 08:24:17 PDT (-0700)

of a deformed Geoglossum/Trichoglossum, some kind of gnarled albino mutant. Excited to see spores. Will bring this to the attention of a Geoglossomycetes man.

This one
By: karode13
2015-08-06 18:18:57 PDT (-0700)

was growing firmly in the bank and I’m very sure this wasn’t washed down from somewhere else. It was in amongst a large group of Geoglossum on a stable bank. The disturbance in the area was due to native animals digging. I had to pry this one out of the bank and in the process I ripped the mycelium it was attached to. You can see remnants of the mycelium in the soil at the base of the pictures I took 12 hours after collection.

I also found Zelleromyces sp. in the area so am familiar with truffle-like fungi. This was much different, hence the creation of this observation.

Lack of mycelial threads in first photo
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-08-06 10:22:39 PDT (-0700)

could also mean washed out of a tree by recent rainfall. Many truffles and truffle-like fungi in Australia are known to grow on the sides of trees, often 1-30 metres up. A recently dislodged truffle from a tree trunk might not have mycelium growing anywhere on it, except the base.

It is fascinating
By: karode13
2015-08-06 04:29:40 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the suggestion but I’ll keep the picture as it is for now, as it might catch someones attention better than the cross section would.

Not a Cordyceps as far as I can tell. I excavated very carefully and the only thing attached was fine mycelial cords.

By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2015-08-06 04:14:09 PDT (-0700)

May I suggest using the last picture as the representative photo?

And not a form of Cordyceps?

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