The Fungi Project

Identifying the fungi growing on our property has proved difficult.  In lieu of a species list, I am beginning a visual list of the fungi growing here. Over time, I hope this will grow into a comprehensive list, with species names. For now, it is a series of images with dates and location.

Eyelash Fungi (Scutellinia scutellata) on Animal Scat

I’m not in the habit of photographing animal scats. Yesterday, when I saw scats covered with bright orange dots, I thought it warranted a bit of investigation, so I took a photograph. With a bit of time on the internet, I discovered that the orange dots were tiny Eyelash Fungi (Scutellinia scutellata) .   Thanks to … Continue reading Eyelash Fungi (Scutellinia scutellata) on Animal Scat

After rain comes: More Fungi

The rain has stimulated a range of fungi to grow.  I have not had time to research any of them, so at the moment, I can only write about where they were found.  See the captions beneath the photos for this information. If you know about any of these mushrooms, I would love to hear … Continue reading After rain comes: More Fungi

Inspired by the Ballarat Field Naturalists

A surprise invitation to accompany the Ballarat Field Naturalists on an orchid seeking  field trip arrived in my inbox on Saturday.  With a little rearranging, I was able to take up the offer, so on a beautifully sunny winter Sunday we set off to some local bushland.  Thanks to John for inviting me and to … Continue reading Inspired by the Ballarat Field Naturalists


There are a few reasonable sized patches of this fungi growing in grass along the front fence.  Some of the larger ones show signs of being eaten by larvae of various descriptions.  The photograph was taken on 18 June 2015


This group of fungi show how one species can look different as it grows older and larger.  Colour and shape changes, along with the texture of the cap’s surface. I found this group growing in an area which was primarily grass, but as you can see in the photograph, some underlying moss was also present. … Continue reading 14


On a bush track, growing in a patch of moss and other micro-sized plants, this red fungi grew in groups.   The photo was taken on 16 June 2015.


This glossy group of fungi was growing at the foot of a large tree, almost on top of an exposed root.  The colour was a dark grey-brown with pale edges and I would guess each cap would have been about 4cm across.  So far, this is the only group of this species I have found … Continue reading 12


This one appears to be red with white spots, but it could just be red and something has been nibbling away at the top of it!  As you can see, it is growing in moss beneath some fallen bark and leaf litter.  My guess is it is about 2 cm across.  The photograph was taken … Continue reading 11


Growing close by fungi 09, this one seemed to have a secondary fluffy fungus growing all over it.  In size, I estimate it was about 15 cm across and standing at least 10 cm out of the ground on a sturdy stalk.  The photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.  


Almost 10cm across, the mauve and white fungi  was growing in a transition zone where the bushland abuts grass.  It was emerging from a patch of moss and the colours in the above photograph are pretty true to what I saw on the day.  The photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.


Almost shell-like, this delicate and flimsy fungi was growing in and around a pile of bark on the ground beneath a tree.  The photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.


  A lovely group of fungi, approximately 2cm – 3cm across, growing beneath dry bracken fronds in leaf litter and fallen bark.  This photograph was taken on 19 June 2015. this


This beautiful red fungi was very tiny, peeping out from beneath fallen bark and growing in a moist moss bed.  My guess is it was about 1cm across. Photographed on 19 June 2015.


Unidentified fungi growing in leaf litter and moss on the bushland floor.    This photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.


Unidentified fungi growing in a large group at the top of the dam bank on the sandy side. Some of these were quite large – approximately 10cm in diameter or larger.    This photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.


Unidentified fungi growing in grass.  This photograph was taken on 19 June 2015.