Mild Weather

A dry hot summer followed by cooling damp autumn usually results in massive fruiting of fungi. A forayers dream. Where as a mild summer followed by a mild autumn with periodic rain and no rapid cooling temperatures usually results in fruiting over a long period but never really significant. A forayers disappointment when having to plan field dates well in advance.

Information sign at Otari

As you can see from the information sign that while Otari is cooler and damper than Wellington City it is still pretty mild climate. And this year has been very mild. So, here we are at about to run the first Otari foray since 2019, thanks Covid, and its been warm and dry for the last few weeks. Ahh! Anyway I went out on Friday, 23 April, to scope the situation and here’s what I found.

Conocybe sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the native plant garden (bed 1: plants for the home garden). Only two older fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74997920

Saproamanita sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the native plant garden (bed 13: divaricate collection). Only one mature fruitbodies and a couple of “eggs”. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74998397

This is in the same place as those I photographed last year https://sporesmouldsandfungi.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/making-the-best-of-lockdown/

Volvopluteus gloiocephalus [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the native plant garden (bed 12: northern collection). https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75006624

Family Psathyrellaceae [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the native plant garden (bed 12: northern collection). https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75006428

Mycetinis curraniae [photo Geoff Ridley]

On living totara (Podocarpus totara) in conifer grove by information centre. A number of small fruitbodies scattered on the lower trunk. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74996494

Agaricus sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in litter in the native conifer grove by information centre. A single fruitbody. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74997343

Mycena olivaceomarginata [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on lawn edge (Kauri Lawn) next to native bush. Only 3 fruitbodies and these were mowed over half an hour later. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74999139

Leucoagaricus sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the Fernery about 2m in from the Kauri Lawn. Only one mature fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/74999754

Tarzetta sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the Fernery about 2m in from the Kauri Lawn. Many fruitbodies scattered across the tracks in this area. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75000299

Coprinopsis sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in wood mulch in the Fernery about 2m in from the Kauri Lawn. Many fruitbodies scattered across the tracks in this area. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75000898

Favolaschia calocera [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in fallen branch in the Fernery about 2m in from the Kauri Lawn. Scattered clumps of fruitbodies all through this area. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75001282

Clitocybe nebularis [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in litter in bush adjacent to the Fernery. Only two very mature fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75001710

Cyclocybe parasitica [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in the canopy of a living tawa (Beilschimedia tawa) in the upper Fernery. This fungus has fruited regularly from this tree every year for over 10 years. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75001928

Pluteus velutinornatus [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on very rotten wood in 38 degrees garden. Only one mature fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75002470

Auricularia cornea [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on very rotten wood in 38 degrees garden. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75002942

Agaricus sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing in leaf litter 38 degrees garden. Only one mature fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75003195

Lentinula novae-zelandiae [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on fallen trunk of tawa (Beilschimedia tawa) in the 38 degree garden. This fungus has fruited regularly from this tree every year for over 10 years. Only one fruitbody seen. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75003395

Pluteus sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on very rotten wood in 38 degrees garden. Only one mature fruitbodies. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75003671

Cyclocybe parasitica [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing at the base of a living tawa (Beilschimedia tawa) half way along the track, on the steps, to the waterfall below the 38 degree garden. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75004193

Mycena sp [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on very rotten tree fern trunk on side of the Circular track above the waterfall. Has distinctive vinaceous colouring. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75005376

Jerry Cooper noted “looks like pura group – section calodontes. We have a few on wood , with some bioluminescent.” I took them in to a dark room and while I could see the dial of my watch I could not see any glow from the mushrooms.

Hypholoma sp. [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing on untreated wood used to edge walkway in the Fernery. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75005959

Lycoperdon sp [photo Geoff Ridley]

Growing at the edge of the gravel path to the left of the Notice Board in the carpark. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/75006222