Blue is so unusual that it is usually listed somewhere, but not this one. Anu ideas. It is about 15mm across the cap and is quite delicate – ie the stem breaks quite easily. I’ll post 3 versions to complete the picture. I can probably locate the fungus again as the Booyong Reserve is only 5 minutes from where I live.
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It’s on fallen wood in a sub-tropical rainforest (old growth). The wood is very hard to Id as there are at least 40 different species there, but I will look to see if something is growing at the two locations I know where this grows. I have several Entoloma species that are blue, one from this forest, but none that are anything like this. Seeing it is like seeing a bit of plastic on the path. It is just too bright to be a mushroom.
Whats the substrate it looks to be wood? what type? I know its dificult to ID a tree when half rotted :) Also what type of forest? Interesting photo out side of Entoloma blue is not very common.
Now there’s a challenge. I sure hope that some might be identified. This is a great site and I’ll look through the lists to see if I can fill in a few blanks. I’m sure I can.
I bet you might get some of those unknown mushrooms identified if you post them here!
I collect a specimen next time I see one – they are really unusual.
Thanks Alan. I never knew this site existed before. I have some good green ones as well as the red. Some even unidentified.
Steve I have no idea what this mushroom is but I am a big fan of your work, especially the blue mushrooms and also the red ones. Its great to see you here! This picture is amazing, but any genus I guess would surely be wrong.
Those gills are hard to see, but they look very veined. I’m rather unsure about these, but my guess is that they are white spored. If you can, try to get a spore print at some point, and definitely dry and save a collection if possible, in case someone wants to do some microscopy on them at some point.
There is a shot showing the underside – sorry, it took a while to work out. It does look like a ball, but it isn’t. The gills are quite coarse, as you can see.
Can you get a shot of the gills/pores/spines is there are any on the underside?? Or is it just sort of a ball on a stem instead of an underside to the cap?
The gill shots are crucial in identification.
The little spikes on the cap remind me of Lycoperdon, but I really have no ideas without knowing what is on the other side of that cap.
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