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A fallen stringybark

2 November 2017 (Observations made between April 2014 and September 2015) In early April 2014 I heard the loud crash of a falling tree down the hill from our house. The origin of such sounds is difficult to pinpoint but a week or so later when visiting Thismia Gully I discovered its source. A massive … Continue reading A fallen stringybark

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Cribraria species

Cribraria species have a feature that makes them easy to recognise in the field with the aid of a hand lens: their fruiting bodies have a distinctive net—called the peridial net—that encases the spore mass. A second feature of Cribraria spp. are the small granules of calcium called dictydine granules that are found on the net, … Continue reading Cribraria species

Bedfordia salicina – another slime mould hotspot. 30 September 2017 – 10 October 2017

Bedfordia salicina is a Tasmanian endemic understorey tree belonging to the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It is common in wet eucalypt forests where it attains a height of between 2 and 5 meters. It has fissured, flaky absorbent bark and is often rich in slime moulds so I regularly check the numerous standing and fallen dead … Continue reading Bedfordia salicina – another slime mould hotspot. 30 September 2017 – 10 October 2017