Observation 45721: Tremella Pers.

Small yellow fungi growing on Banksia trunk in coastal reserve.


Copyright © 2010 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2010 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-05-22 04:40:50 CDT (-0400)

I have no idea what you can have in Australia, or what could be found on Banksia, but what I see in the pictures are small discshaped fruitbodies growing in clusters. My impression is owergrown Bisporella citrina. Might be it – or something else…
Compare with these – if ID:d correctly(?):

Nice with the Cribbea collection, I’m looking forward to hear about the result.
Maybe you can persuade Teresa to look at MO now and then and help out with names on other australian obses too :-)


Hi nice to hear from you.
The reference indicated, “Fruit bodies variable in size. In dry forest it forms small compact colonies on dead twigs and branches. In moist to wet forest it forms much larger, brain-like masses on dead logs and branches. The colour is deep orange, particularly on banksia wood, becoming paler as the fruit bodies enlarge.” (end of quote)
This specimen for all intended purposes seemed to fit this description especially as it was in a semi dry area and growing on Banksia (living). There were quite a few single body growths in the immediate area, (10-15), but I particularly photographed just this group , (due to their size). They were soft to touch and had no odour.. (hence I went with the naming.)
Can you offer a naming that is better than Fungi for me. (I looked at your suggestions and can’t make up my mind.) I also used a different Camera body this day and the detail is not as good as usual. The small clusters on the log, were made up of single bodies, like the two posted, and replicated over about 4cm.(I will go with whatever you regard as the closest ID from what you can see.) (oh dear!!)
Also, you will be pleased to know, I went back to the Comboyne Plateau, to the spot where I found the Cribbea. I found about 9 small species. I have been in touch with Teresa, and posted the dried specimens to her. She should have them by Monday, (our time). Teresa advised that she will attend to their ID asap.
chow, kk

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-05-21 15:56:16 CDT (-0400)

Perhaps some other Tremella, Dacrymyces or an ascomycete, it has too small and flat blobs to be Tremella mesenterica. Microscopy is strongly needed here.

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