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Yellow Many-headed Slime Mould

At last, warmer weather and rain has enlivened the Daintree Rainforest, ending a long, cold winter.  With below average rainfall, the rich and vibrant presence of fungi has been lessened, but today the Yellow Many-headed Slime Mould (Physarum polycephalum) appeared on a log in a shady section of the rainforest. Not unlike bureaucracies, the slime [...]

By | 2015-07-25T07:19:05+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a genus of sac fungi known as ascomycete fungi that includes about 400 species. All Cordyceps species are mainly parasitic on insects and other arthropods; a few are parasitic on other fungi. The generic name Cordyceps is derived from the Greek word kordyle, meaning "club", and the Latin stem -ceps, meaning "head".  Several [...]

By | 2015-07-24T22:54:55+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Orange Floral Fungus

Spectacular orange floral fungus enhances the beauty of the rainforest, with its bright colour attracting the appropriate insects to traffic spores in a general absence of wind.  We are familiar with the White Jelly Fungus or Silver Ear (Tremella fuciformis),  but this magnificent variation is delightfully new to us.  Tremella mesenterica appears to be the [...]

By | 2015-07-24T10:44:03+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments