A large brown paper-thin fruiting body with a ruffled upper surface and beautiful white pore surface (underside) arising from a damp log. The fruiting body had a very short stipe.
Spotted in a temperate rain forest.
My thanks to John Walter for the ID and information highlighting differences between Podoscypha and Cymatoderma.
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
Common in this forest over the last 4-6 weeks. With my limited fungi field skills I don't know what the species is. Looks close to Amanita ochrophylloides. Fruiting body c. 120mm diameter in this case, but many are larger.
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".