Austropaxillus infundibuliformis (?) aka Paxillus infundibuliformis, Phylloporus infundibuliformis
Mount George Conservation Park – Deanery Hill – 2014-06-14 – soggy, wet conditions near main track in Eucalypt forest in sclerophyll litter
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
This golden-bright and arrestingly-shaped mushroom is rather large for an Australian species and can be found across Australia in Eucalypt forests growing on the ground. Until it was discovered that it and its relatives, including Austropaxillus muelleri, were atypical of the genus Paxillus, they were listed under that genus. The underside forked, gill-like structures belie the fact this is actually a Bolete, which has a different structure on its undersurface that usually (in the case of most Bolete genera such as Boletus, Suillus and Phlebopus, for example) takes the shape of little tubes that look a little like a fine mesh of honeycomb or tubes packed side to side. Austropaxillus are mycorhizal, which means they form an attachment and relationship to the roots of trees – The relationship is mostly symbiotic, ie. beneficial to both organisms.