As the fungi season approaches we look forward to where we will be led on an excursion. This year it was back to Blackwood and some of the tracks accessed from the carpark near the Garden of St Erth. Here are a few of the many fungi observed on the day. We thank Carol for this selection.
Our June excursion was to Sanatorium Lake at Mt Macedon. It is quite a while since we ventured to this area as a club and there were a large variety of fungi. The foggy surrounds added to the atmosphere and despite an interaction or two with leeches, it was well worth the trip.
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The Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat visited Blackwood on 7 June 2015 for their annual fungi excursion. Leader Les identified a large variety of fungi for the group. Photos: Val Hocking, Ian Ashton and Ambika Bone
We travelled up the Main Mt Cole Road, stopping soon after entering the forest, to look at the large area that has been invaded with agapanthus. It is the largest patch I have seen in a bushland area. At the junction of Main Mt Cole Road and Camp Road we inspected Mount Cole Grevillea Grevillea montis cole growing along a graded road edge. In this wet area the forest of Eurabbie Eucalyptus globulus bicostata and Messmate E. obliqua is tall and straight. Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa was a common shrub and Cut -leaf Daisy Brachyscome multifida crept through the grasses. Continue reading
Egg-yolk Mushrooms Bolbitius vitellinus have been plentiful on my farm at Bungaree this year. When small the caps are a bright yellow, but when the caps expand the caps lose most of the yellow colouring. The mature caps are about 40mm across and the thin stem about 100mm tall. They were seen in a damp spot near a dam.
With below average rainfall for the past seven months I was not expecting to find many species of fungi when I went for a look in the Wombat forest near Korweinguboora recently, but I did find some interesting species. The first fungi I noticed was an grey-black Enteloma in a fallen log that was half rotten away. These were mature specimens with pinkish spores from the taller one partially covering the cap of the lower one.
One species that occurs early in the season is the Austropaxillus infundibuliformis. This species has yellow funnel-shaped cap with an inrolled margin when young. The forked gills are decurrent, running down the stem.
The beautiful Marasmius elegans was the next species seen. The orange caps were up to 25mm across, supported by a slender two-toned stem,white at the top and red-brown below.
An rare green Enteloma rodwayii was seen near the Great Dividing trail near Cairns rd, Korweinguboora in early May. The green conical cap about 35mm wide was supported on a green stem 60mm tall.
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.
Fungi List Blackwood June 2013 Continue reading
A few props help to get better fungi photos
Club members had a great time in the forest around Barkstead on the weekend looking for fungi. I was bemoaning the fact that we couldn’t find fungi a few weeks earlier around Blackwood but after a good shower of rain there are now plenty to see.
One thing about going out with a group is the wealth of expertise in various subjects and having all those extra pairs of eyes certainly helps in spotting fungi.
Using a mirror to check the underside of a fungi
We had Geoff Lay with us and he is keen on fungi and photography. He suggested that having a small block of wood (or a small tripod) to sit the camera on and setting the camera timer, allows us to get better photos as it avoids camera shake.
He also uses the bladder of an empty wine cask to shine a bit extra light on the subject. It is also good to have a small mirror so you can see what the gills look like as this assists in identification.