This looks to be an ammonia fungus that is a fungus that is found growing from the grown were an animal has died in this case a possum. Finding the genus was easy enough but species has a eluded me. Can not find any keys or description for NZ Hebeloma.
This little fellow seamed to be a sleep but had chosen an odd place in fill view of any one walking by.
Of the 3 purple Cortinarius this for me is the lest common having only seen it once before. Surprisingly there were lots these about but all very old and having lost there colour.
This was a rather startling find of so many Hericium coralloides growing from a recently fallen Kauri. My photo only shows about half of them.
So few fungi about that the best I can find is a dead spider
This could also be B. novae-zelandiae I am not sure how the two are now seperated.
Not sure if this species has a name
One of 3 purple Cortinarius this is the most common one that I find.
I am not happy with this name but can not find anything better.
After another NW member posted an image of Laccaria species surrounding animal bones there was some discussion over the species. Buy chance last weekend I came across a similar occurrence and can confirm the species involved been Laccaria masoniae
Found on beech, of the six described species none are this yellow/green colour. Although Pleurotus purpureo-olivaceus name imply's this but there is no mention of yellow/green colours in the description nor does it have in rolled cap margin.
I am not often surprised at the fungi I find but this has left me baffled. Did not have the time to look at it microscopically and now its in the hands of Landcare.
Found under oak growing from the ground with a large mycelium mat.
Update: This may be a very immature Bondarzewia berkeleyi or a very similar species
Another update Abortiporus biennis has been suggested and again looks like a good possibility. I only wish I had gone back and seen this when it was more mature.
So whats wrong with this photo? Amanita phalloides is a mycorrhizal fungus yet here it is growing from a tree stump implying that its a saprophytic fungus. Yet this is not the case and show were the mycelium will travel in search of nutrients.
After the discussion with Jerry concerning this observation http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/401956 I happen to come across the same pink Laccaria species this giving me a chance to compare them against the only other two bi-spore Laccaria reported in NZ.
My conclusion is that its not these, making it an undescribed species. Which is odd that it has gone unnoticed for so long.
Something is rather odd as I can not find very many spores and no basida which would have confirmed the genus is correct.
Odd to find a club species growing on dog poo and as such I did not collect this one.
This Bolete is rather unusual in having a cap covered in coarsely hairy scales and a partial veil. As well as not having a obvious mycorrhizal partner for its found growing on well rotted wood.
It also looks to be quite a rear species.
I would have called this Amanita nigrescens till recently but Jerry has mentioned that species named from beech forest are not the same as those found under tea tree even if they look alike!
This is given the name Cystolepiota petasiformis but were it has come from I am not sure off.
Not a species I have seen before the larges was 150 mm dia. Although it looks moldy, it wasn't the motley appearance is the norm.
These might be Hohenbuehelia petalodes but I am not familiar enough with these to be sure. The gills had a purple colour to them.
Assuming I have this named correctly its not previously been collected in NZ. oddly I found it in my backyard :)
This is a common species at this time of the year yet I have never been able to find a name for it.
Photographed 12 hours apart as they developed in my back yard. Except for the mature fruiting body's I collected these and took inside out of the rain and away from the slugs and snails.
If you ever wounder were slime moulds disappear to over night slugs and snails are the culprits I lost half the population on the second night. That's even with a wall of slug pellets around them.
I have not yet confirmed my id still a little to immature! Id now confirmed and as expected was correct.