Observation 7612: Auricularia Bull.

I have taken several shots of this particular fungi without flash just to ensure that the "Metallic " effect is true and natural.It was moist to a degree but not wet. (more shiney than anything.) I have not been able to find anything similar in any of my research. The size of the bracket was about 7cm in length and about 4cm in width. It was alike on both sides.


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Recognized by sight: This looks like a Auricularia, possibly A. polytricha or A. cornea

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Re Fungi sp. 7612

Deb, Yes I did, and also cut it smelt it and generally gave it a really good examination. Found same excellent species in same area and I will post.

Did you snag it from its snag?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-06-08 23:02:50 CST (+0800)

Fistulina has very distinctive, discrete tubes (see pg. 553 in Arora’s MDM), which you can see with a hand-lens…that would tell you for sure. It will never get as tough as a typical polypore…

Thanks for continuing to pursue its ID; it’s a fun fungus, and apparently quite persistant!

Agree on Fistulina hepatica naming (Deb Viess)

Returned to the area again and located Fungi. Checked closely and on reverse side also. Althought the texture was woody it appears to be a Beefsteak that has not grown in size. This was probably due to its location on a thin branch.

Comparison for Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Fungi)

Debbie, I have downloaded an image I took recently near my place . The link is: Fungi sp. 7647. 13721 Chow, KK

Separate observations
By: Administrator (admin)
2008-05-30 16:05:11 CST (+0800)

Would you mind moving the Fistulina shot (nice shot by the way) to another observation and just referencing it with a “external link”? You can see how to do this on the Textile practice page.


Debbie, Check out the added image for comparison. (Fistulina hepatica) This was also taken inside a very big and old spotted gum that had fire damage inside the trunk.

Bracket Fungi????

Debbie, I have photographed several Beef Steak (Fistulina hepatica) and they all have had colour red or leaning towards red. I am usually able to get a shot of the pores which is a significant direction to identification. I still believe this to be a Bracket Fungi, probably in the Ganoderma group, but as I said I really cant put a conclusive name to it. I am returning to the mountain Monday. I will attempt to re-photograph it and do some more tests. The point is I should have been more thorough in the first place, but it was getting late for the return trip.(about a 2hr hike.)

Great collections, Ian!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-05-29 22:08:14 CST (+0800)

This oddly fleshy bracket seems superficially similar to our fleshy beefsteak fungus, Fistulina hepatica; but who knows what it really is?

The fungi from Down Under are as otherworldly as the mammals, and every bit as intriguing. What a great location for some future science and phototgraphy foray! Even the concept of “salt water creeks” is amazing to this American gal.