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
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
Lamproderma ‘umbilicatum’ has appeared every year since I started studying myxomycetes in 2010. (I initially misidentified it as L. arcyrionema and sent a collection to Marianne Meyer who forwarded it to Professor Gabriel Moreno.) It is active at the wettest time of the year and usually appears on large old logs and stumps. This year … Continue reading An unusual Lamproderma?
15 October 2017 Tubifera ferruginosa subsp. ferruginosa must be one of the most distinctive slime moulds because of its bright red colour when it first appears. Like other slime moulds it gradually changes colour as it develops and the mature pseudoaethalia are mid brown. If the early bright stage is observed it is easy to … Continue reading Tubifera species
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