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Fomitiporia robusta (formerly Phellinus robustus)
Who said fungus can't be fun, particularly when it looks like Mickey Mouse?! This large bracket is called a Horsehoof Fungus, and it occurs naturally in Queensland. Basidiomata perennial, solitary, firm and woody, attached by a broad lateral base. Creviced when old, at first cinnamon brown, darkening to black, margin entire, reddish brown. Pore surface plane, often creviced, with a sterile border 2–5 mm wide, reddish brown to dark brown. This solitary specimen was found on a fallen tree trunk, most likely Queensland Red Cedar (Toona ciliata). This woody fungi species is slow growing, so the largest bracket must be a good age to have reached that size. The smaller brackets (Mickey's ears) are growing horizontally to the tree trunk, so have grown after the tree fell.
Moist and well-shaded area of subtropical rainforest on the Westcliff Track, Bunya Mountains National Park, southeast Queensland. Here's some park info - http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-...
Here's another spotting I found close by - a larger specimen that had been dislodged from its tree. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/951...
Spotted on Oct 17, 2014
Submitted on May 6, 2015