Observation 20887: Parasola Redhead, Vilgalys & Hopple

This small fungi was found on the edge of an area where the beach sand adjoined the beginning of an area where some native grass had started to grow. The soil was salty and moist. A small fresh water stream close by was irrigating into the ocean foreshore. It was difficult to obtain sharp images due to the prevailing coastal winds.
The fungi were about 15mm in height, and the caps were about 8-10mm across. There is also a couple of immature fungi represented in some of the other images. They appear to start out brown and then change to the colour shown in the mature specimens. The caps did not appear to be moist to the eye, but there were droplets of moisture on the stipe and grass directly below the cap. I could not see any droplets of moisture on the grass in the area not directly beneath the fungi caps. The image showing the gill structure is not sharp but does indicate the physical structure to a degree. I was unable to find any more like these in the area. We also had received heavy rainfall in the preceding 24hours.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:59:55 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Diamond Head National Park Port Macquarie NSW Australia’ to ‘Diamond Head National Park, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia’


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Enlarged cap to help identify specimen.

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I have added an enlarged section of the cap to help in the identification process. Hope it helps. KK

Either Parasola or Coprinellus
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-05-08 16:26:47 PDT (-0700)

It depends on whether there are granular specs on the cap. I can’t see any clear examples of that in the current photos, but I can’t be sure. Based on the photos I lean slightly towards Parasola.

Comment for JH

You are most likely correct in your assumption and inquiry.. What surprised me a bit was the substrate. Usually in this very harsh, salty soil and climate, only the very hardiest of vegetation survives.( Bitou Bush and Tea tree {paper barks} etc) On that basis I thought that maybe I should show an example that grows here . What do you reckon\think?.KK

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-05-08 15:23:35 PDT (-0700)

What is the difference between a Coprinus Coprinellus and Coprinopsis ?
possibly one of these

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