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Daldinia fungi

Daldinia sp.

Description:

35mm diameter almost spherical very hard dusty pink with small patches of shining blue-black firmly attached to a small rotting log; ..

Habitat:

Wet eucalyptus forest on suburban fringe.

Notes:

ID'd... also known as 'coal fungus' 'cramp balls'.. apparently people believed they could ward off cramp !! These are excellent as tinder lighting easily and burning like a coal for quite a while. There are also records of it being used to produce a purple dye.
Yet to work through known Australian (eucalyptus) species.
This link shows a sectional view.. http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/images-capt...
phylum: Ascomycota
class: Sordariomycetes
order: Xylariales
family: Xylariaceae

1 Species ID Suggestions

myxomop
myxomop 8 years ago
Daldinia sp.


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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Perfect myxomop. I really thought this one would not get named. Thanks so much. And it's a quite interesting one too.

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 11, 2012
Submitted on May 11, 2012

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