Photos / Sounds

What

Wolf's Milk Lycogala epidendrum

Observer

codfish

Date

October 22, 2014

Description

A cluster of tiny orange spheres on fallen branch on ground. Largest 7mm diam. Turning khaki brown over several days. Internal spore mass concolorous with older puffball colour. Spores rough.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 1, 2014

Description

Medium sized Pluteus with a dark fibrous cap and pinky gills with a dark edge. Microscopically matches P. velutinornatus. This fruiting body nicely shows the green colour on the stipe that is associated with this species. Growing on rotting end of a cut branch on a living whiteywood. Pluteus have been regularly seen on Melicytus ramiflorus in this area. It is possible to identify the dead wood as it is often still attached to a living tree. I have never seen Pluteus on dead wood of planted whiteywood in urban reserves but in this broadleaf forest Melicytus ramiflorus is a substrate for Pluteus species.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

July 27, 2014

Description

Group of 3 medium sized Pluteus on fallen small branch with a pale pink cap with hints of tan and a striate margin, 3.5-4 cm diam. x 3-3.5 cm height. Gills pink, concolorous and stipe creamy pink-tan, 4 mm diam. Cap cells with a tapered apex and narrow base and no pigment. Gill edge cystidia oblong with a rounded apex and stalk. Pleurocystidia not seen and stipe was not looked at. Spore size variable, about 8 x 6.5 u with some larger spores. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. Close to P. decoloratus. Quite common over the winter period but very short lived so not often in good condition.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 24, 2014

Description

Pleurotoid with a creamy woolly cap surface, darker in centre and creamy gills. This is a second fruiting on the same log as observation 1017133. Young fruiting bodies are dark brown but the dark cells detach around the outer edge as the fruiting body expands, remaining only in the centre. Fruiting bodies to a width of about 7 cm. Margin inrolled and no stipe. Characterised by gill edge cells with projections and droplets on these. No distinctive metuloid pleurocystidia seen. On very soggy, rotting piece of branch which looks like karaka on ground in remnant coastal broadleaf forest. Fruiting bodies long lasting and robust but not rubbery and will crack quite easily.

Photos / Sounds

What

Austroponera Genus Pachycondyla

Observer

lek

Date

October 19, 2014

Description

On the bark mulch of a garden bed, in a sheltered and shady location. Several individuals, perhaps up to 20 at a time, were seen out mingling with each other in a confined spot. They were probably just outside their hidden nest entrance. I thought it was quite bold behaviour, for a species that's usually very shy of being seen out in the open.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 4, 2014

Description

Small Pluteus with pale tan cap, lighter towards margin, 1 cm diam. x 2 cm. height with a somewhat striate margin. Gills cream. Stipe cream, ridged, flocculose, 1-1.5 mm diam. Cap cells cylindrical with a narrow stalk at base, shorter and long cells seen. Pleurocystidia and cheilocystidia similar size. Cheilocystidia oblong with a rounded top and narrow base (clavate). Pleurocystidia fusiform with a conical top - some with apex extended into a thinner neck. Stipe cystidia like cheilocystidia. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. Microscopically and macroscopically this is similar to P. minor although this is a very small fruiting body. This species has been seen on several occasions over the season (also see observation 1007496). Fruiting bodies solitary and usually a little larger than this.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

September 17, 2014

Description

Medium to small sized light tan-brown Pluteus on fallen whiteywood. Hemispherical cap, 1.8-3 cm diam. x 3-4.5 cm height. Gills cream becoming pink. Stipe white, ridged with beige base, flocculose, 2.5 mm. Pleurocystidia fusiform overall with a conical top, similar size to largest cheilocystidia. Cheilocystida variable, oblong and utriform. Stipe cystidia plentiful, clavate. Cap cells most utriform. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

September 10, 2014

Description

Medium sized creamy light brown Pluteus on fallen rotting branch. One fruiting body with two tiny young ones near base. Distinctive cap color, 3 cm diam. x 4 cm. height. Gills pink, concolorous. Stipe cream, 2.5 mm diam. Pleurocystidia fusiform, similar size to largest cheilocystidia. Cap cells brown pigment, clavate - widest at apex, with rounded apex, slight constriction below apex in some. Stipe cystidia medium sized, variable, most oblong. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 15, 2014

Description

Medium to large sized Pluteus on fallen branch. Distinctive yellow coloration. Cap creamy-yellow covered in raised brown squamules, lined on margin but not really striate. Cap diam. 4-4.5 cm x height 4 cm. Gills pink, very slight brown edge but not visible in photograph. Stipe cream, yellow at bottom half, ridged with brown fibril on bottom half, 5 mm diam. A group of 3 fruiting bodies. Distinctive stipe cystidia, very plentiful, narrow with a tapered apex, some with apex projection. Pleurocystidia lagenoform with apex like neck of a bottle, similar in size to cheilocystidia. Cap cells long cylindrical most with a tapered apex and some with a projection. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. Not similar to any described New Zealand species, possibly introduced although it is not common to see Pluteus in an urban environment.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 22, 2014

Description

Medium sized dark grey-brown on soil, 3 cm diam. x 3 cm. height. Three fruiting bodies in same area. Gills beige-cream, concolorous, perhaps with a paler edge. Stipe grey, ridged, flocculose, 2.5-3 mm diam. Distinctive long cylindrical stipe cystidia - longer than any others I have observed on Pluteus. Pleurocystidia utriform and much larger than cheilocystidia. Cap cells long and slender with a tapered apex and brown pigment. Pink sporeprint. This is the only Pluteus I have observed on soil this season. Microscopically similar to P. inconspicuus with large pleurocystidia and long stipe cystidia except fruiting bodies larger than described and P. inconspicuus described from South Island. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 15, 2014

Description

Polypore with a central stipe, cap dark brown, lighter at the edge with a fibrous surface. 2.5-3 cm diam. x 2-3 cm height with small depression in centre. Pore surface decurrent, yellowy-cream with large hexagonal pores. Stipe tan-brown, fibrous, 3-4 mm. Cap 2-3 mm thick. On a small twig (3.5 cm diam.) on ground in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. Two fruiting bodies on twig, both quite small specimens.

Photos / Sounds

What

Genus Stropharia Genus Stropharia

Observer

codfish

Date

October 8, 2014

Description

Small Volvariella with slightly viscid cap, smooth with squamules, creamy with a hint of tan and with pink-tan gills. Ring zone could be seen on stipe but didn't carefully look for volva so not observed. 2.5 cm diam. and 7 cm height. Stipe 4-5 mm, pale tan at top and creamy at base. Spores about 9-9.5 x 5.5-6 u. Sporeprint more tan than pink. Cystidia as pictured, similar on both gill edge and gill face. Amongst litter on soil as track opens out close to start of boardwalk over mudflats. Remnant coastal broadleaf forest. Doesn't seem to quite match the common garden Volvariella gloiocephalus which is larger.

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:28 AM NZDT

Description

Has been renamed M. pansa

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:22 AM NZDT

Photos / Sounds

What

New Zealand Sow Thistle Sonchus kirkii

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:29 AM NZDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Kaikomako Pennantia corymbosa

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:35 AM NZDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Makamaka Ackama rosifolia

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:55 AM NZDT

Description

Flowering

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Pukio Carex secta

Observer

parkecology

Date

October 9, 2014 11:55 AM NZDT

Description

Flowering

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

codfish

Date

October 6, 2014

Description

Orange pored fungus on log of unknown species in open area fallen in mudflats after being chainsawed (slightly elevated but tide could splash about this log and exposed to salt water).

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 6, 2014

Description

Same species as observation 422107 on 27 Sept and found growing on same bank but younger specimen. Fuchsia-purple coloured cap with very thin layer of grey to olive covering over the fuchsia colour with thick distant yellow gills with slight green tones. Cap 2.5 cm diam. x 4 cm height. Stipe 4-5 mm. Bottom half of stipe bright orange and top half pale pinky-salmon. Not viscid but very windy drying conditions. Spores about 7-8 x 5-5.5 u. On bank trackside in coastal broadleaf forest. At bottom of steep hill with bush above younger regrowth with planted teatree at the top near the lookout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Garden orbweb spider Eriophora pustulosa

Observer

lek

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

She stayed motionless the whole time, blending in with the surrounding brick wall.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

October 1, 2014

Description

Pleurotus with a velvety to floccose brown cap surface and creamy-light yellowy gills. Largest fruiting body had a width of 4.3 cm and height 2.8 cm. Margin inrolled and no stipe. Spores about 9-10 x 4.5 u. Clamp connections numerous. Gill edge cystidia with projections. On very soggy, rotting piece of branch (karaka-like) on ground in remnant coastal broadleaf forest. When observed one week later the same fruiting bodies had lost most of the dark coloration (remaining only in centre). Surface now quite fibrous to woolly.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

September 24, 2014

Description

Pored fungus which is "effused-reflexed" forming brackets but with the pore surface extending further onto the wood below and fusing together with the pored surface from other brackets. Top of the bracket is velvety brown with a zoned appearance. The pore surface is rosy-purple and bruises darker very easily. About 6-7 pores per mm. The spores appear to be white on a slide (but unable to get a sporeprint) and about 4.5 x 2.5-3 u. When the bracket is cut the pore layer is dark brown. In groups on large fallen log (tree trunk) in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest. If it is white spored it may be Fomitopsis.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

codfish

Date

September 27, 2014

Description

Medium sized waxgill with a fuchsia-purple coloured dry cap with an upturned margin and splitting at the margin. Single fruiting body 3 cm diam. x 4 cm height. Gills thick and distant with a purple-yellow colour. Stipe is orange with pink tones 5-6 mm, slightly broader at base. Cap cells appear to be a cutis of parallel hyphae. Spores about 8 x 5-5.5 u and basidia quite long >50 u x 9 u. On bank soil in remnant coastal broadleaf forest. Possibly Hygrocybe fuscoaurantiaca although not viscid.

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

katelomansmith

Date

September 28, 2014 10:11 AM NZDT

Description

Timms and phill proof

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

katelomansmith

Date

September 28, 2014 11:54 AM NZDT

Description

Timms and phill proof

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

katelomansmith

Date

September 28, 2014 11:34 AM NZDT

Description

Timms and phill proof

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

katelomansmith

Date

September 28, 2014 11:14 AM NZDT

Description

Timms and phill proof

Photos / Sounds

What

Green and golden bell frog Litoria aurea

Observer

mortlake

Date

September 28, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Red Admiral Vanessa gonerilla

Observer

mbnzt

Date

September 12, 2014 11:00 AM NZST

Description

Our garden is Right next to the Mangemangeroa Reserve.

Condition: new
Number: 1 to 10
Trees / foliage: bright yellow daisy ground cover
Weather: sunshine
Site: Home garden