Fungi on Ulva Island

My introduction to Stewart Island Fungi was over 40 years ago when as Forest Ranger I hosted a Swiss Botanist, whose specialty was fungi. His name if I remember correctly was Ebon Horack [sic]. He told me that there had been so little work done on Stewart Island fungi that a botanist would perhaps find a new species every day, and a new genus every week. Now I have no idea if that was accurate or not, but it did stick in my memory. I fear I wasn’t a very good collector for him, as one fungi looked much the same as the next to my inexperienced eye, and after a couple of days was bringing in many duplicates.

In our wet climate fungi appear to do very well, and add splashes of colour to the forest. These have attracted my camera, and then my interest in learning their names. I have a small book on Fungi, and with online reference material, I will attempt to ID each photo and will update the images as I do. Any of my identifications should be seen as seriously suspect, and I  would welcome corrections. Please quote the “Id Number” with each slide.

Since that very “Fungi Summer” around 2010, our fungi have been very average, with nothing approaching the spectacular display of that year.

 

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Slide # 1 ……   White Cap ……       

I found this tiny whitecap growing in a knothole in a living tree

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Slide # 2 ……   Grey Cap ……       

Growing in amongst Umbrella  Moss, around 10mm across

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Slide # 3….   Cream Cap ……       

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Slide # 4….   Sooty Black caps ……       

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Slide # 7….   Red Cap ……       

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Slide # 6….   Gold Cap ……       

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Slide # 7….   White Saucer ……       

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Slide # 8….   Cream Gills ……       

On a living Rimu Tree

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Slide # 9…   Cream Gills ……       

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Slide # 10….  Ear ……

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Slide # 11….   Witches Butter ……       

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Slide # 11….   Scarlet poisonous ……       

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Slide #13….   Lemon Cap ……       

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Slide # 13….  Tan Caps ……       

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Slide # 15….   Baby Coral Finger ……       

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Slide # 16….   Tan Gills  ……       

On a Rimu Tree

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Slide # 17….   Bracket ……       

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Slide # 18….   Red Balls……       

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Slide # 19….   Red Micro Cap ……       

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Slide # 20….   ????……       

Not Sure, this may be an egg mass, not a fungi

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Slide # 25….   Tiny Red ……       

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Slide # 23….   Tiny White ……       

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Slide # 24….   Red Jell ……       

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Slide # 25….   Red Bracket ……       

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Slide # 26….   Red Caps  ……       

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Slide #30….   Devils Snuff Box ……       

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Slide #28….   Tiny White Caps ……       

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Slide #29….   ??? ……       

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Slide #30….   Ear Fungi ……       

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Slide #31….   Bracket & Gills ……       

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Slide #32….   Purple Pens ……       

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Slide #32….   Gray Pointed Caps……       

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Slide #34….   Tiny White Ears……       

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Slide #36….   Colony of small ears on a Miro Tree ……       

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Slide #36….   Minute Grey Cap ……       

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Slide #37….   Brown Fluted Caps ……       

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Slide #38….   Tiny  Ears ……       

These seem to be specific to Totara Trees

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Slide #39….   Orange Cap ……       

 

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Slide #40….   Fluffy Cap ……       

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Slide #42 ….   Irregular Caps ……       

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Slide #42….  Grey Silk Caps ……       

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Slide #44 …   Black caps ……       

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Slide # 45 ….   Ripe Black Caps ……       

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Slide #46….   Small Puffs……