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Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern

Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern
Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern
Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern
Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern (?)
Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern
Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern

Gleichenia microphylla aka Scrambling Coral Fern
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida or Pteridopsida (disputed)
Order: Gleicheniales
Family: Gleicheniaceae
Cleland Conservation Park, South Australia – August 2nd, 2014 – in dense mass along creek on the slopes of Mount Lofty – Cool, intermittently wet conditions

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

I was hundreds of yards behind the others in a Eucalypt forest on the slopes of Mount Lofty in a part of the Cleland group of Parks whose specific name escapes me, and I was rushing down a kangaroo track to catch up and suddenly found myself standing in squelchy, peaty wetness – I squealed – My friends assumed it was the cold water seeping into my shoes, but it was because I was surrounded to eye level by a dense mass of the most beautiful species of a fern that was completely new to me – It was all around me and I just stood in the bog, madly snapping away and raving about the species! – It was a moment of pure magic! – Unfortunately as usual, my friends demanded that I hurry up, and so I didn’t get to search for other species in this amazing micro system! I did manage one quick snap of a sad specimen of Blechnum nudum, the Fishbone Water Fern.

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!