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Orange bolete

cf. Tylopilus balloui

Description:

Striking Dayglo orange bolete type fungus with orange stipe and white pores. About 70mm tall and 60mm across. Approximately 20 specimens found in the area and all had some damage from wildlife.

Habitat:

Found amongst very rough sword grass and associated with nearby Eucalyptus ?ovata. Open sclerophyll dry eucalyptus woodland.
Churchill N.P., Lysterfield

Notes:

There are several Tylopilus in Australia which, at first glance, match those of northern America. Only trouble is they are associated with eucalyptus instead of quercus (oak).
Roy Halling has said of them ""The orange thingy from Snowy River is a Tylopilus in the balloui consortium. This group has really diversified in Australia. The genus name, Rubinoboletus, has been misapplied to the group in Australia. Only one sp. has been described (from WA) by Watling (R. phaseolisporus) and that epithet tells you that the spores are bean-shaped. All the ballouioids have this shape of spore. In Australia, I know of white, red, pink, orange, 2 yellow ones, gray brown and olive ones, and they remain undescribed at this point."
From available images online it seems to me the pores are different on the Australian versions - smaller, more tightly packed and rounder.

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Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.95, Long: 145.25

Spotted on Mar 7, 2020
Submitted on Mar 10, 2020

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