Xerula australis – A Mushroom Chameleon

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Xerula australis aka Oudemansiella radicata var. australis, Rooting Shank (?)
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Physalacriaceae
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia, North East Sector – Central Track near Moores Road Entrance – 2014-07-26 – very wet, cool conditions with heavy showers

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

Growing in what appears to be muck and rotting wood – Surrounded by smaller mushrooms and sheltered by heavily rotted wood – 10cm high – cap was about 2.5 cm wide. This appears to be an extremely variable species – The blue edge was very striking and apparently not always present in other specimens

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