2014-11-14 12:40:40

Description

A highly branched black clump of fruiting bodies arising from stem galls. They were about 5 to 12 mm long and stretching out like large magnetised iron-filings. Spotted arising from stem galls (seen as thickened split lumps) on branches of tea-tree shrubs (Leptospermum sp.) in a reserve - Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. This fungus ( basidiomycota) is a parasite on the female gall inducing Eriococcid insect Callococcus leptospermi. Photo and description of this specimen can also be seen on Bruce Fuhrer's " A field guide to Australian Fungi".

Tags

fungus

Location

Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia

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Observation2014-11-14 12:40:40
Date-Time From CameraYes
Location-38.134742, 145.272355
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Created2015-02-16 by leuba (Leuba Ridgway)
Updated2015-02-18 by leuba
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