Collection location: Private Dairy Farm near Comboyne, New South Wales, Australia [Click for map]
These beautiful Fungi are always enjoyable to photograph. I dont think there is any need for descriptions here. They tell their own story. I have some different images that were taken during this years fungi season. I will upload them when I get to the files. Second image shows relevant size compared to Pine cone.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:59:37 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Comboyne Mountain Private Dairy Farm East Coast Australia’ to ‘Private Dairy Farm near Comboyne, New South Wales, Australia’
Added Note: Pine trees identified as Introduced Monterey Radiate Pine.
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Identification approved by National Parks.
That serotinous cone and the slender, 4-6 inch long needles, slightly twisting, with three per fascicle really makes me think of Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) which comprises 89% of the country’s plantation forests and is the most extensively used wood in New Zealand.
Rod, I would have no trouble in getting a specimen of these but next season. They are on a dairy farm in the comboyne ranges and I photograph these fungi each year. I will put it in my diary if you would like a dried specimen sent. I still have not obtained the correct name for the pines. ( I will follow this up.)
Recent morphological work (me) and molecular phylogeny (Dr. Jozsef Geml) has shown that the red muscaria from North America is sufficiently different from the European muscaria to be a separate species. [Papers coming out relatively soon. The DNA work will appear in a journal called “Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution.”]
A well-dried quarter of a pileus of Ian’s material would allow both DNA and morphological checks on the origin of the muscaria in a particular pine plantation (assuming all the pine in the plantation had a common source going back to the pines’ original importation).
These fungi are found at the base of Pine Trees (not hoop) that are often planted on Australian Dairy farms for shade and the cattle don’t EAT them. I will get the Pines correct name and add it. I only know them as Radiata pines but that may be incorrect. Still trying to get a correct ID. The cones are green when young and as they get older they become very dark in colour. I have seen them used a weather indicators opening and closing depending on rain/humidity.
Growing on introduced pine?