Heterotextus sp aka Golden Jelly Bells
Lobethal Bushland Park, South Australia – July 13th, 2014 – on large stick/twig, soggy conditions on sclerophyll forest floor
Here is another lurid yellow species, but unlike Discinella, this grows out of wood, not soil – It has a translucent look like jelly baby/jujube lollies.
Discinella terrestris aka Helotium terrestre, Dasyscyphus terrestris
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
Cladia ferdinandii aka Lacy Coral Lichen
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions with occasional light rain
Photos: Michal & Adam Dutkiewicz
Cladia ferdinandii is a rare Australian lichen (Lichenized fungi) found in the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and in other areas along the coast. It is threatened by the encroachment of nearby housing developments. This very beautiful and delicate group of lichens resemble coral, and they are susceptible to trampling and pilfering, hence the need for this Aldinga Scrub colony to be fenced off.
Ramalina fissa – a Strap Lichen
Ferries-McDonald Conservation Park – November 8th, 2014 – overcast conditions
I hope my ID is correct on this one…