The Ghost Fungus That Glows In The Dark!

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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus
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Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus

Omphalotus nidiformis aka Ghost Fungus, Pleurotus nidiformis, Pleurotus lampas
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Marasmiaceae
Mount George Conservation Park (Deanery Hill area), South Australia – June 4th, 2014 – wet conditions growing at the base of a tree

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

This ghostly white mushroom has a top tinted with other colours – It was originally categorized as a Pleurotus, an edible group, but its chemistry makes it poisonous/inedible – It is a large and spectacular fungus by South Australian standards – Its stem is usually hidden behind other tops in their crowded bunch, feeding on dead or dying wood, usually at the base of trees – It is from Southern Australia and Tasmania, and has recently been sighted in India – Here is a Link to a night shot showing its bioluminescence – It’s not really intense to the naked eye, so I assume this is a pretty long exposure:

http://ichykoo.com/2012/03/28/omphalotus-nidiformis-a-mushroom-that-glows-in-the-dark-does-it-also-have-health-benefits/
http://fungimap.org.au/index.php/fduonline-home/130/294/agarics/P-omphalotus-nidiformis
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Omphalotus+nidiformis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphalotus_nidiformis

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