Tag Archives: Basidiomycota

The Ghost Fungus That Glows In The Dark!

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


Have You Eaten Snow Fungus Soup?

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Tremella fuciformis aka Jelly Fungus, Snow Fungus, Silver Ear Fungus, and White Jelly Mushroom
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Cleland Conservation Park – July, 2013 – In foggy, wet conditions on fallen tree trunk

Yes indeed – This is the variety of soft, glutinous fungus that goes into Snow Fungus Soup that you have in Chinese restaurants – Belying its delicate look, Tremellas can dehydrate and return to form after a dry spell – It feeds on fungi that rot wood, so it is always found on dead wood, I believe – It reminds me of a translucent Blanc Mange!