A trip to the Brisbane Ranges on 6 October rewarded us with a big range of plants in flower. One of the highlights for me was not actually a flower but a fungus. I had only seen it in a book before and as is often the case one gets the wrong idea on what size to expect in the wild. They were very small.
Thanks to our eagle-eyed fungi expert picking up a small piece of bark for a closer look, we saw the bird’s nest fungus. It looks like a tiny nest with eggs inside. The “eggs” are called peridioles and are dispersed out of the “nest” by the action of raindrops. The fruiting bodies are about 6-8mm across and look hairy on the outside.
The blunt everlastings, Argentipallium obtusifolium were not quite open but one patch looked like it was have a hard time deciding in which direction to grow.