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Daldinia fungi

Daldinia sp.


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


Wet eucalyptus forest on suburban fringe.


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..
phylum: Ascomycota
class: Sordariomycetes
order: Xylariales
family: Xylariaceae

1 Species ID Suggestions

myxomop 11 years ago
Daldinia sp.

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 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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