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Horse hair blight

Marasmius crinisequi


This marasmius had an orange cap about 7 mm wide and definite convex bulges corresponding to the gills. the stipe was wiry and long, atleast 8 times the height of the cap.


Growing from wood debris in a damp eucalyptus forest.


Known as "horse hair fungus" or "horse hair blight". Its mycelia form cords which are aerial, extending between branches and leaves in trees, forming a tangled mass. The cords are "smooth, tough, black... from one-tenth to one-eighth of a millimetre in diameter". Other Marasmius species also have the "horse hair" habit. Source: EOL

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 26, 2013
Submitted on Jun 26, 2013

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