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I found this group of varying coloured fungi very late in the afternoon, and the light was gone. I have managed to display some of the colours but they are not as saturated as the visual image I saw, and the sharpness is not as good as I would have liked to present. There appeared to be seveval different shades of colours varying from purple to black, but I would think the same species. In addition to this the inmature specimens appeared to begin life as flat growths and then growing outwards in a convex shape. ******** I have a name for this but needs verification, >>> Inonotus nothofagi <<< KK (deleted this name.)
Campanella seems to sit well with the image on the link, thanks Darv.

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Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
No spore count was availabe and the fungi was growing as seen.
Name provided by ref fr Darv.
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Revisit Wilson River Primitive Reserve.

Danny, I have now been to this spot twice in the last fortnight. Up till now we have not had any real rainfall. So this obs has not been seen. If we get decent rain and still in the Fungi season I intend to revisit again. This area is almost virgin country and always yields the “unusual”. Still hoping to find the fungi again. Thanks for your comment on the Colour Temp adjustment on the other uploaded file..

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-05-08 18:00:45 PDT (-0700)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-05-01 09:01:47 PDT (-0700)

looking forward to seeing this again


Primitive reserve a week ago after some rainfall. Hope to return if we have rain promised for so long. The whole season has been at a stand still. Will update you if I find anything like Auricularia delicata group (14594)
Kind Regards, kk

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-05-20 11:27:50 PDT (-0700)

is a parasite of standing, live hardwoods, and never is anything but spherical (not flat or convex). this looks like an A. delicata/Campanella/Rhodoarrhenia like thing which, in age, has begun to fold back on itself giving the appearance of being more three-dimensional than it is.

thanks for your persistence, Ian
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-02-18 15:24:58 PST (-0800)

I eagerly hope we get to see more of this.

Additional note

I have revisited this remote area twice since taking these images and have not been successful in locating this fungi again. I hope to get access to the region after the rivers go down hopfully during our fungi season.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-01-20 13:55:56 PST (-0800)

if you still have this, I would love to scope it.

: Danny

Danny, Microscopy would be wonderful but I do not have the gear unfortunately.

Martin Livezey (MLivezey

Martin, Thanks for the kind comment. Internet is terrible here at the moment. Have about 20 images to load but am waiting till they fix the upload speed. Chow, kk

It looks primeval -
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-08-30 04:41:07 PDT (-0700)

Like the progenitor of all the modern mushrooms we have today; I love the suggested association with jelly fungi. Ian – there is nothing wrong with the 2nd photo. I think it is fantastic!

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-08-29 21:50:11 PDT (-0700)

there are Campanella which have all but abandoned gills for this A. delicata like hymenophore, I doubt Campanella. In Darv’s linked picture — and in any other image of Campanella — there may be much anastomosing, but always with some prominent, radially-arranged ridges that stand out as the definitive gills among the smaller cross-veins. Indeed, the nearest estimation I can make for this is A. delicata (or some technicolor variety thereof). Rhodoarrhenia is another, remoter possibility, though in my limited experience, the “pores” made by their cross veins tend to be much smaller/tighter.

I don’t suppose microscopy is an option… is it, Ian?

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-12-07 08:54:52 PST (-0800)

Taylor Lockwood has photos of these in both of his picture books and one of his sets of placemats. His species is unidentified in his first book, but labeled as Campanella aeruginea in the second book. It is greenish and found in Chile, but looks identical.

Lockwood, Taylor. 2001. Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi. Privately Published by Taylor Lockwood, Mendocino, CA. 127p.
Lockwood, Taylor. 2007. Chasing the Rain. Privately Published by Taylor Lockwood, Mendocino, CA. 127p.

Gorgeous mushroom
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-07 07:55:09 PST (-0800)

with a remarkable colour variation and shape!
I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere, but at least I think it’s a fungus.. and the behaviour makes me think of a jelly fungus – or is it an ascomycete, or something totally different?

The wrinkled side ought to be the hymenium, where the spores are produced (if there are any).
I think Noah meant the opposite side by “the top”, that is usually how mushrooms grow.

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Both images are showing the fungi tops? The reference I am using is by an Australian author, Bruce Fuhrer. KK

not Inonotus,
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2008-12-06 15:30:49 PST (-0800)

I have no idea what it is…
was it tough or was it jelly-like? do you have any pictures of the top?

Weird… but neat
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2008-11-24 16:53:20 PST (-0800)

It could be another Favolaschia, maybe… Why dose Australia have so many of these pored to gill-less Marasmiaceae???