Mt Beckworth fungi sighting

When out at Mt Beckworth, near Clunes last week we noticed a great fungi that looks a bit like an orange peony flower.

I would love to know what it is called. It was about as big as a cricket ball and growing on the base of an eucalypt. If fungi don’t interest you then there were plenty of orchids and blue squill out in flower.

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One response to “Mt Beckworth fungi sighting

  1. Graeme Ambrose

    This looks like a partly dried out specimen of Golden Jelly Fungus (Tremella mesenterica). Its many surface folds have collapsed to some extent and the fungus is turning a darker orange as it desiccates. The gelatinous fungus has a high water content and quickly shrinks to a thin film when the atmosphere is dry. The fungus is a parasite of wood decay fungi in the genus Peniophora.

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