Discinella terrestris – Forest Tiddly Winks


Discinella terrestris aka Helotium terrestre, Dasyscyphus terrestris
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Ascomycetes
Order: Helotiales
Family: Helotiaceae
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia – May 10th, 2014 – wet, soggy, overcast conditions in soil amongst sclerophyll on forest floor

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

Discinella is a small genus of Ascomycete fungi, Their fruiting bodies are bright yellow to yellowish-orange coloured discs up to 10 mm in diameter that grow in the dirt amongst the sclerophyll litter on the Eucalypt forest floor. It is found Australia-wide in such forests. I have only seen these in Winter, and in wet conditions – They are not to be confused with the yellow discs of Bisporella citrina, which grow on wood.

Learn more about Ascomycota here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascomycota

One thought on “Discinella terrestris – Forest Tiddly Winks”

  1. What a glorious selection of photos, Michal. The rich cheesy colour of Discinella is just stunning – scatterings of these “tiddlywinks” always brighten up a gloomy Winter’s day in a forest.


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