Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Backyard Fungi

The hill at the back of our block goes up a steep hill merging into bushland. The soil is very rocky with the underlying bedrock, a fine grained sandstone, just below the surface. The hill faces north into the sun and so all up it's not a great site for fungi. However, every now and then a few hardy species make an appearance.

I'm not too good with fungi ID so I will not even try for now. I will edit the descriptions if and when I find out more. If anyone knows what they are I'd be happy to hear from you.




#4 - appears to be an unopened version of the one above.


  1. Your Puffball might be Scleroderma cepa.

    As for your first fungus, Duncan may have a better idea. I'll have a look through my Field Guide by Bruce Fuhrer and see if anything jumps out at me!

    The fact that the gills appear to be free from the stem may be a clue.

  2. Thanks - I will look into that later on.

  3. No 1 looks like Amanita xanthocephala. It should have a volva with yellow-orange rim at the base of the stipe. When young the cap has yellow veil fragments (these disappear with age or if it's rained). Gills free to adnexed.
    (Check the Fungimap website)

    The puffball is a Scleroderma sp.

    The other one looks like it has veil remnants on the stipe, so it's probably an Amanita sp. Did it have white veil remnants on the cap and a volva at the base of the stipe?

    Some of your fungi (e.g. Pseudohydnum gelatinosum are Fungimap "target" species. Are you submitting records to the Fungimap scheme?

  4. hello again,
    did my previous comments get through? - I'm new to this!

    The top fungus looks like Amanita xanthocephala. It would have had yellow patches (veil remnants) on the cap (these get washed off if it has rained); free gills and yellow-rimmed volva at the base of the stipe. (check the Fungimap website)

    The next one looks like another Amanita species (there are lots of native ones). Looks like it has veil remnents on the stipe. Did it have veil remnants (whitish patches) on the cap?

    Puffball is scleroderma species.

    Some of your photos are of Fungimap 'target' species (e.g. Pseudohydnum gelatinosum). Are you sending in records to Fungimap? It would be great to have more records from Tasmania.

  5. Thanks Sarah - Sorry about the delay. My comments are set to moderated by me first to avoid spam.

    Thanks very much for the ID help.

    I looked back at my original photos but unfortunately I don't have one showing the top so I may have to wait until next time they come up.

    I don't know a lot about how fungi map works but I always assumed I'd have to be better at ID before contributing Perhaps they help with that? I will have to look into it.