Are you a fungi fanatic? Many of you loved the first batch we dished up, so here are some extras to look out for.
If you’ve got a keen eye for spotting fungi, you might have already encountered the collared earth star, the
jelly baby, or some of the other weird and wonderful types of fungi we showcased in the first part of this series.
But don’t despair, there’s plenty more where those came from.
Here are five you might spot around the Adelaide Hills this time of year:
1. Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
Turkey tail fungi come in a variety of colours, and are often striped. They are shelf-like structures and can be
found growing on wood of all descriptions, sometimes even fence posts.
Some of the brown turkey tail varieties can actually look a bit like wood, so they blend in with their surrounds and
can be hard to spot.
2. Bird’s nest (Cyathus olla)
This intriguing greyish yellow fungus resembles a little
nest filled with eggs. These egg-like structures are called peridioles, and are actually packets of microscopic
Raindrops splash the ‘eggs’ out of the nest so the spore packets are spread. The spores germinate and
eventually new ‘nests’ may be produced.
3. Green skinhead (Cortinarius austrovenetus)
Green is a rare colour for fungi. So with its green-coloured top or cap, the green skinhead is somewhat unusual.
It’s known as a gilled fungus, because of the plate-like structures (gills) on the underside of its cap where
the spores are produced.
Green skinheads are mycorrhizal, which means they have an essential relationship with the plant they grow on. The
fungus collects nutrients and water which are then used by the plant, and the plant provides energy to the fungus
in the form of sugars.
4. Ghoul fungus (Hebeloma aminophilum)
Do you think ghoul fungus
sounds creepy? Anything that grows on or next to rotting flesh or bones is bound to seem that way.
Not only will ghoul fungus grow on something dead, it can also be found along areas where people have urinated.
Charming. In fact, the ‘aminophilum’ part of this species’ name actually means
Ghoul fungi often grow in a mass and can reach a height of about 12 centimetres.
5. Pixie’s parasol (Mycena interrupta)
Pay close attention to tree trunks and logs to see if you can spot this species. It’s uncommon in South
Australia, so if you find one, count yourself lucky!
With a blue cap perched on a white-coloured stem, pixie’s parasols look as pretty as they sound. This species
Here’s what you’ve found
Check out this selection of fungi found by park-goers in our national parks, including at Morialta, Cleland and Scott Creek conservation parks.
Note: It is prohibited to take fungi (including mushrooms) from national parks and gardens for the health and safety of the public.
When you’re out and about, remember to keep social distance of 1.5m from other visitors at all times and don’t visit if you are sick or required to self-isolate.
In response to South Australian Government COVID-19 restrictions, access to parks and their facilities in SA is changing regularly. You can keep up-to-date by reading National Parks and Wildlife Service SA’s frequently asked questions, following them on Facebook or contacting them direct.
You’ll find our five featured fungi plus many others in the Fungi
of the Adelaide Hills identification chart, produced by the Natural Resources Adelaide and
Mount Lofty Ranges’ Natural Resource Management Education team and the Adelaide Fungal Studies Group. For
more in-depth information, check out Bruce Fuhrer’s
book Fungi, or the field guide, Fungi
(Main image courtesy of David Catcheside)
This story was originally posted in August 2017
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