This fungi was growing out from under a dark ledge formed by a tree root or rotting wood burried in the ground. The stem was rooted in the ceiling, with the cap of the fungus reaching out toward the light.
The cap itself was off white but when ‘rubbed’ showed more of a ‘mat’ yellow – perhaps it’s true colour if an older speciman. The cap was dry, not damp or glutinous. The striking feature were the beautiful yellow gills, delicate and in a beautiful pattern. It was fairly small – about 2cm across the cap. But it was quite robust to handle. The stem was reasonably thick and again, robust. I didn’t notice any hairs or skirts on the stem. This one I picked and it ‘browned’ as it aged/dried out – perhaps become almost rusty/reddish.
There was only one speciman – it wasn’t ‘caespitose’.
I can’t find anything in Bruce Fuhrer’s Field Guide to Australian Fungi that matches. Nearest I can find is Agrocybe parasitica (pg 21), Cortinarius abnormis (pg 43), Dermocybe austroveneta (pg 59), or Pholiota malicola (pg 158) but none of these really seem to be a satisfactory match. Dermocybe is perhaps the nearest, but the green colouring in Fuhrer’s photo isn’t right.
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