Sassafras Gully Fungi – 2 April 2017

After recent trips to Bola Creek where a lot of fungi had been seen, I was keen to head up to Sassafras Gully at Springwood again.

Microglossum viride

What I found there was a veritable bonanza of fungi. I spent most of the day in the valley locating and photographing fungi and slime moulds. On this visit, I started from the track at Sassafras Gully Road and walked down to Glenbrook Creek and then went out via Magdala Creek and Fairy Dell.

Perhaps the highlight of this visit was seeing a huge number of green clubs ( Microglossum viride ) at one particular spot close to the track. I have seen the fungus before plenty of times but usually only one or two clubs. Here I saw dozens and dozens of them in a few square metres. Wow!

I also found a variety of other club type fungi – black ones.

Quite a few waxcaps were out – in quantity – but not variety. Most seemed to be Hygrocybe miniata. But Idid find a few orange ones (probably Hygrocybe apricosa)  and also some Hygrocybe astatogala.

There was a lot of coral fungi out – mostly Clavulinopsis sulcata and Clavaria zollingeri and also a variety of species of Ramaria.

One that I was looking out for, a strange blue tipped Ramaria (perhaps Ramaria zippelii f. aeruginosa) was out in the same location as some of us had seen last year. This is quite a tiny coral fungus – each one was only a few centimetres tall and vert thin. There also occurs another blue tipped Ramaria. This one is think and much tougher. Perhaps Ramaria abietina. 

Ramaria zippelii f. aeruginosa

Ramaria abietina

I also saw more of the stinkhorns I had seen on previous visits during March. These are growing out of “eggs” sitting on a rotten log. Over the month the eggs have gradually hatched.

As usual, there was a variety of Entolomas out. Including quite a few of the beautiful pale blue ones (Inocephalus virescens)

Inocephalus virescens

A few times, on recent fungi trips, I have noticed a rather large polypore fungus growing at the base of Angophora costata trees. It is perhaps Rigidoporus laetus.

Rigidoporus laetus

There were also fan like polypores growing on the soil –

Thelephora palmata

Stereopsis hiscens

Here are some of the others I photographed –

I also saw quite a number of slime moulds. Here is one of the most colourful –

There are more photos, together with identifications on my website spread over two pages starting from this page.

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