Observation 19984: Cystolepiota Singer

When: 2009-03-23

Collection location: Kaipara harbour, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

No specimen available

Fruiting directly from the base of a native New Zealand tree fern, (Dicksonia fibrosa).


Copyright © 2009 Michael

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Definitely messy,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-02-09 22:32:42 CST (-0500)

I’m not sure what the reason for the powdery floccose cells could be, maybe Else could shed some light on this interesting feature!
The slightest touch or draft of wind blows this away so whenever I find it I try to be very careful not to disturb them too much for photography purposes and also for identification purposes when making the collection!
This is possibly C. petasiformis which I don’t think there are any records of in New Zealand yet, it is quit common in my backyard which is 8 acres of native bush.

Outrageous, messy, beauty. But..
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-02-09 22:14:55 CST (-0500)

What is it for?
A mechanical deterrent to crawling insects? (It seems like it would be difficult to walk on floccose fluff).
A strange evolutionary byproduct with no adaptive function?