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".
Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia
"In ALA this is still called 'Harpographium corynelioides' http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Harpographium+corynelioides# "
"Found it on RBG Mel. - added Septobasidium clelandii (Synonym: Harpographium corynelioides)"
"Thank you David."
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