RAINFOREST FUNGI - Part 1

At this time of year, flowers are replaced with the equally colourful fruiting bodies of fungi, which differ from plants in that they do not contain chlorophyll and are thus unable to obtain nourishment by photosynthesis. They must therefore rely on the absorption of nourishment from the substrate (soil, decaying wood, etc.) This is done by colonisation of their chosen substrate with thread-like filaments called hyphae. These form a web-like mass called the mycelium which spreads through the substrate, releasing enzymes and absorbing nutrients.
Information: A field guide to Australian Fungi (Bruce Fuhrer)

Coral fungi - Ramaria spp
                  Ramaria spp                                                                                          Coral fungus

Coral Fungus - Clavaria spp
              Clavaria spp                                                                                          Coral fungus

Coral fungus - Clavaria spp
                Clavaria spp                                                                                          Coral fungus

Fungi - Mycena spp
                 Mycena spp


Mycena interrupta
                   Mycena interrupta


Collybia eucalyptorum
               Collybia eucalyptorum


Mycena cystidiosa
              Mycena cystidiosa


Leathery shelf-fungus; Stereum spp
                Stereum spp (together with rhizomorphs of Mycena cystidiosa)      Leathery Shelf-fungus


Stereum ostra

         STEREUM OSTREA                    Basidiomycota 
The fan-like lobes of this large, spectacular fungus colonise dead logs and branches, sometimes for much of their length. The fertile undersurface is a rich deep yellow-gold, the upper surface is distinctly zoned in brown and orange. A common species of wet to moist habitats in dry forest.



Yellow Crep - Crepidotus spp
            Crepidotus spp                                                                     Yellow Crep


Tremella fimbriata
         
Tremella fimbriata                                                                 Jelly Fungus


Earthstar
             Geastrum spp                                                           Earthstar

Jelly fungus - Calocera spp
                Calocera spp                                                                                      Jelly fungus

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FUNGI - PART 2 (WOODLAND)              
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