Dandenong Ranges Fungi

Dandenong Ranges Fungi

by Mark Ridgway and Leuba Ridgway


Fungi found in the Dandenong Ranges area which includes the area from Police Paddocks to Upper Beaconsfield to Cockatoo to Mt Evelyn. This collection may also include lichens and slime molds.

Sherbrooke VIC 3789, Australia

35 items (page 1 of 2) (100 per page)

  • Rickenella spp.

    10 Jun 2018-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Caps of this bright orange mushroom were no more than 10 mm with a deep central depression. Younger fruiting bodies were almost hemispherical, flattening out as the mature. Caps showed some striation and margins were wavy. Stipe was smooth and slightly paler than the cap. Could not get a shot of the gills. Possibly Rickenella fibula.


  • Hericium coralloides Coral Tooth Fungus

    22 May 2017-37.9,145.5Leuba Ridgway

    This beautiful toothed coral fungus was seen in two clumps, a large one about 170 mm across and a smaller one within the tree hollow. The small clump was fresh, white and highly branched with multiple soft spines. The larger clump was slightly old, drier with stiffer spines. Spotted on a damp tree stump - Beech


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    1. David Francis  Hericium coralloides now in db.

      Reply • 25 May 2017

  • Stereum hirsutum Hairy Curtain Crust

    14 Aug 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    These velvety walls were squeezing out of longitudinal crevices in an old eucalyptus log. About 30mm tall and 2 metres long.


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  • Crucibulum laeve Common Bird?s Nest Common Birds Nest

    14 Aug 2016-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway


  • Pluteus spp.

    13 Jun 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    About 45mm wide. Spore salmon pink. Cap velvety.


  • Pseudohydnum gelatinosum Jelly Tooth

    30 May 2016-37.9,145.4Mark Ridgway

    Fresh young toothy fungi appearing on the bark of large mountain ash in Sherbrooke Forest.


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  • Hymenotorrendiella eucalypti

    18 Jun 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    On a damp acacia leaf in Lysterfield Park. This species (in spite of it's name) is an acacia specialist. Size 0.1 to 1 mm


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    1. Lorraine Phelan  So I need to look for this beautiful species on dead acacia leaves?

      Reply • 20 Jun 2016

      • Mark Ridgway  Sorry Lorraine but I've been out of action for a while. Yes.. these are very small and apparently only on acacia in spite of the name. (someone messed up :) )

        Reply • 08 Oct 2016

  • Cortinarius austrovenetus Green Skinhead

    12 Jun 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Greenskin - the all Aussie mushroom in green and gold. Name could be Cortinarius austrovenetus by now. Often found in small, loose groups but this one was all by it's lonesome.


  • Mycena vinacea

    12 Jun 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Small bonnets in grassy area (but possibly on buried timber) Common name Wine bonnets? Caps to about 15mm diam.


  • Cordyceps gunnii

    30 May 2016-37.9,145.4Mark Ridgway

    Many dozens of these were found under large, bipinate acacia.. (maybe A dealbata). Known to parasitise Oxycana sp moth larvae.


  • Lactifluus clarkeae

    12 Jun 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Found under leaf litter and in dark, sticky mud in a totally shaded area. This is now 'Lactifluus clarkeae' Name was changed from 'Lactarius clarkeae' in 2012


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  • Cordyceps gunnii

    30 May 2016-37.9,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Poking out of the ground to about 90 mm were a number of these black club-shaped fruiting bodies. Structurally they were differentiated into black clubs above and pale greenish yellow stems below. The older thicker clubs had white fluffy material on the dark clubs. Spotted under a mature Acacia tree. There were about 20 and all well separated. The white material on the fruiting bodies are thread-like spores. They break up into 3 -5 mm long part spores which penetrate the ground and infect caterpillars of moths which could be well below the surface, even up to 40 cms. The fungus consumes the soft tissue of the host and grows up wards to the ground surface were black fruiting bodies appear and thicken to maturity. Moth larvae of the genus Oxycanus ( Hepialidae) are said to be the common hosts to this fungus.


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  • Phaeolus schweinitzii Dyer's Mazegill

    21 Jan 2016-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Found in very dry conditions in very deep Pinus radiata needles under an old tree. This species reappears here for the past 4 years and is usually much larger (dryness?) This cap was about 200mm across. Top is like crushed velvet. Introduced species.


  • Puccinia oxalidis Oxalis Rust

    28 Sep 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Seen on Oxalis corymbosa.


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    1. David Francis  Puccinia oxalidis added to db.

      Reply • 17 Feb 2016

  • Amaurodon viridis

    25 Jun 2013-37.9,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Small velvety patches and veins of crust fungus in beautiful shades of blue in a tree hollow. The surface was covered with beads of moisture. Spotted on a large eucalypt.


  • Poronia erici Small Dung Button

    26 Jul 2015-38.0,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Small ( 6mm wide) flat pale discs with tapering bases seen on herbivore dung pellet ( possibly Kangaroo) The pale surfaces had minute evenly spaced holes (ostioles) - some of them showed puckering around the edges. The discs had irregular margins. Spotted in a national park which is a free range for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and rabbits. ( Churchill National Park) ( This is Poronia erici but there is no listing on ALA. Ref : Fuhrer 2005. Could this be added, please Thanks)


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I am also familiar with this fungi and have known it to be Poronia erici. However, I am having trouble now finding its reference in any of the censuses, etc. It has possibly had a name change, but this is normally easy enough to track also. The concern with simply adding Poronia erici in Natureshare is not knowing how the ALA will treat this record when it is uploaded into its database. If it is ignored due to no matching name with ALA, you record is less useful than if we can get a name that matches. I'll keep hunting for the name and ask Tom May for an update. Thanks. Chris.

      Reply • 27 Jul 2015

    2. Tom May  Poronia erici is certainly the correct identification and the current name (even though it is not in the ALA at present). There are some issues with the fungi names in the ALA and there are still many good names for fungi that are not loaded into the names list for the ALA (the National Species List). I am working with the ALA to improve the coverage of fungi names.

      Reply • 24 Aug 2015

      • Chris Lindorff  Many thanks for your reply Tom. I'll add this name to Natureshare.

        Reply • 25 Aug 2015

      • Leuba Ridgway  Many thanks Tom May for your input. Thanks to you also Chris.

        Reply • 25 Oct 2015

  • Geoglossum spp.

    26 Jul 2015-38.0,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Hardly visible on a bed of moss were these thin sculptured stalks with smooth club-shaped tips. The whole fruiting body was about 30 mm tall including the 15 mm club-shaped fertile tips. Spotted on moss beds along walking track - Churchill National Park . There were several of these in a moist patch of moss.


  • Galerina patagonica

    18 Jul 2015-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Attractive clump of toffee coloured caps with slight convexity, a small discrete umbo and rolled in margins. Gills were a pale brown. these must have been covered by a thin cortina which could be seen tearing-off some of the younger caps (pic 3). The remnants of a brown spore-stained cortina could be seen as a wispy annulus around the stipe. The stipe below the annulus was a dark brown with white fibrils. Spotted groiwng as a clump on dead wood in a forest with mixed native trees.


  • Astraeus hygrometricus Barometer Earthstar

    16 Jul 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    These were large earthstars, about 45 mm across. They were fully open with split pale rays of areolated outer skins (exoperidia). In the centre was a smooth rounded spore sac with a central pore through which the spores are released. These earthstars were sessile . Spotted on moist ground under pine trees.


  • Hydnum repandum Wood Hedgehog

    11 Jul 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    With contorted pale orange caps about 25 mm, these fruiting bodies were growing close to the ground. The cap margins were mealy and white.The fertile under-surface had densely packed spines or teeth instead of pores and these were slightly decurrent (pic 2). The whote stipe were otherwise smooth. Spotted on sodden forest floor in a reserve.


  • Russula kalimna

    11 May 2015-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Caps were a bluish yellow with fine cracks with young ones rising out of the ground like pale purplish puff balls. Mature caps were about 55 mm wide with a central depression. Gills and stipe were cream coloured. The stocky fruiting body was quite close to the ground. The spore print was a pale cream (photo not good enough to post). Spotted in damp soil a eucalyptus forest.


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    1. David Francis  Hi Leuba. Russula kalimna added. David

      Reply • 05 Jun 2015

  • Hydnum repandum Wood Hedgehog

    15 Jul 2014-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Pic 1 shows the underside of the cap of this thick white fungus. The fertile surface showed closely packed white "teeth" instead of gills or pores. The teeth were decurrent ( running down the stem) -pic 4. The young fruiting bodies were growing in a clump with some of their thick white stipes fused together. The caps were a pale orange, distorted by mutual pressure and showed in-rolled margins. The stem turned a beautiful orange when bruised or cut. Growing on a damp eucalyptus forest floor, among leaf and wood debris.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. Great to have a photo of this species. It is a Fungimap target species. I have now added the name to the NS database. Cheers.

      Reply • 06 Mar 2015

  • Stereum hirsutum Hairy Curtain Crust

    22 Feb 2015-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Pics taken 2 weeks apart. The underside changed from a pale, poreless creamy colour to a very rich yellow colour, and the tops went from yellow to quite dark brown. On the shaded underside of an old, damp eucalyptus log. Wicks nature reserve. Sometimes called 'Hairy Curtain Crust'


  • Pseudomerulius curtisii

    04 Jul 2014-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Brackets of up to 30mm wide. Very distinctive yellow gills with much crossing, meandering and very much darker towards the centre. Thin and leathery caps with a very dull ochre top. Caps seem to curl into wavy shapes as they get older. These numbered about a dozen in a line on the side of a huge Pinus radiata log with Wicks nature reserve. These logs were placed in the area for landscaping purposes. ID as in Fuhrer (2005) #281 Rarely found yet in Australia? and seemingly uncommon elsewhere. The best reference images I can find are with Renée Lebeuf from Quebec. (need to add ' Pseudomerulius curtisii ')


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    1. David Francis  Pseudomerulius curtisii added.

      Reply • 23 Feb 2015

  • Panaeolus spp.

    27 Aug 2014-38.0,145.2Mark Ridgway

    A coprophilic fungi At this time of the year macrofungi are scarce. These appeared to be growing from roo scats. Approxiamtely 60mm tall. Wiry stipes matte finish on top and dry. dark spores.. no sign of a ring... striated stipe just below the cap with a slight spiral? In new grasses. open dry sclerophyll eucy forest in a local nature reserve. Police paddocks.


  • Mycena mulawaestris

    07 Jul 2014-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    About 15mm wide. Solitary cap next to a very damp log. Glutinous. Attractive colouring black at the centre graduating to a pale caramel at the margin. In a very damp dark part of a local nature reserve.


  • Hypocrea victoriensis

    05 Aug 2014-37.9,145.4Mark Ridgway

    Patches of lemon yellow tissue about 1-2mm thick, on bare, dead, barkless nothofagus trunk. Tiny dark spots (ostioles) from which ascospores are released. In a tall rain forest national park. This was previously called H sulphurea, the northern hemisphere version but recent work has proven it to be a different species. A wood-rotting ascomycete, which might also colonize some other fungi.


  • Campanella spp.

    20 Jun 2014-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    From above they look like little brains attached to a thin stick. From below they reveal a crazy maze of crossed and meandering gills. The largest of the group was about 40mm wide and there were about a dozen caps in total. Very tall damp eucalyptus rain forest in Dandenong Ranges NP. (need to add ' Campanella junghahnii ')


  • Lichenomphalia chromacea

    23 Jul 2014-38.0,145.4Mark Ridgway

    In moss and growing to about 30mm tall and 18mm wide. Radial texture with a relatively deep central depression on the cap. Very sparse and simple gills same colour as cap. Mycelia showing at the foot. Next to a walking track in a nature reserve. Cardinia. "It is thought by some mycologists that it is likely Omphalina chromacea may be the fungal component of a lichen (a symbiosis between an alga and a fungus). The alga is most likely Coccomyxa." Australian Fungi Blogspot


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Mark. I recall that this species had a name change, perhaps Lichenomphalia or similar.

      Reply • 23 Feb 2015

      • Mark Ridgway  I think you're right Chris. Forgot all about that. Checking it now. Thanks.

        Reply • 23 Feb 2015

  • Polyporus arcularius

    17 Oct 2014-37.9,145.3Mark Ridgway

    Many of these were seen today in an area with moisture and a lot of half buried timber. Most were about 60mm wide and 50mm tall. In a local national park near a flowing creek with many broken trees. A famous springtime fungus.