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Wierd and wonderful fungi

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After the recent rains, there are fungi popping up all over the place!

Frank and Jenny spotted these during their walks in the forest and sent in this post:

‘Ghosts in the Forest?

On a cool damp day last weekend, we went for a very pleasant walk into the Lockwood South Forest.  It was lovely to be so close to our home, yet find the forest so quiet, so fresh from the rain, and already showing signs of recovery after such a long hot summer.  As we covered the length of Briggs Road we came upon this impressive fungus specimen attached to the stump of a tree –  possibly a grey box –  that was harvested in the firewood felling program some few years ago.

Omphalotus nidiformis

A closer look at the photos once we were home again seems to indicate that this fungi is a Ghost Fungus (Omphalotus nidiformis) and it is said to have “an eerie white luminescence at night”.

Omphalotus nidiformis 2

Maybe we’ll leave confirming that property to another brave soul who is not scared of the forest in the dark!’

Thanks Jenny and Frank — you have shared one of the wonders of the box ironbark forest!!

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