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Weeping Fungus

Dichostereum sp.?


Weeping fungus with beautiful amber droplets. A first for me to spot this type of fungus. Three specimens of varying sizes, all pure white and looking very fresh, and the largest had growth rings (?) which gave it a subtle rosette appearance. All growing on a rotting log. The spore surface didn't have pores like I was expecting, but they looked more like tiny teeth (2nd photo). Any ideas? Reminds me of bleeding tooth fungus. Amber secretion had water viscosity. Some droplets were also clear. Surface texture soft and cool, and the margins looked fuzzy. I think the best place to start my ID search is leathery shelf fungus, and a known weeping fungus Dichostereum rhodosporum. Dichostereum is a genus of fungi in the Lachnocladiaceae family. The genus contains 13 species that have a widespread distribution. PS: My boot is always a good size reference for comparison. I never seem to have a coin when I need one.


Spotted in native bushland along Devlins Creek, in northwest Sydney. These specimens were growing on a dead trunk beneath eucalyptus trees. Blackbutts, Sydney turpentines, and large red gum and blue gums overshadow the area. Well-saturated after frequent rains these past few weeks, and well-shaded area for most of the day. Fungus is flourishing.


Corticioid fungus - Basidiocarp - Dichostereum rhodosporum -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Mar 29, 2019
Submitted on Apr 8, 2019

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