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Ox tongue bracket

Fistulina hepatica

Description:

About 1 month ago I spotted this unusual pink spongy form squeezing out from the crack in a big, dead eucalyptus. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/213... I was amazed to see what it has become. A good example of the difficulties in IDing fungi purely by sight. Approx. 100mm wide.

Habitat:

Very tall wet eucalyptus rainforest.

Notes:

The veinous appearance of the upper surface seems to be typical of the species. Also noted ".. molecular studies suggest close relations to the agaric mushroom Schizophyllum ..... Fistulina is a cyphelloid genus, meaning that it is closely related to gilled fungi, but its fertile surface consists of smooth cup-shaped elements instead of gills. The underside (the hymenium) is a mass of tubules which represent a "reduced" form of the ancestral gills. "

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Jared. If not for finding it when young I would have probably never been sure of an ID.

JC_Forester
JC_Forester 7 years ago

It started out so bright. You can still see some of the strawberry color from the beginning around the edge of the shelf. Amazing change. Nicely done. Great series!

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 21, 2013
Submitted on May 22, 2013

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