Strawberry Bracket Fungus
It is found in Eucalyptus or Nothofagus forests of Tasmania and eastern Victoria.
The distribution shown on the map is based on herbarium records and reliable sightings. It is likely that this species has a wider distribution than that shown on the map. However there has been little work on the distribution of Australian fungi and there are surprisingly few herbarium specimens of even the common species. (TAS, VIC).Features:
This is a striking bracket fungus, mostly in shades of bright orange to crimson – though sometimes pale pink in young specimens. There is no stem, the bracket-ike fruiting body being broadly attached to the supporting wood. Where it meets the wood, the bracket may spread some way down the wood. The bracket extends up to 9 cm out from the wood and is 1 to 2 cm thick. When fresh it has a soft, fleshy consistency. The underside of the bracket is lined with pores, through these can sometimes be quite ragged and so almost tooth-;like in appearance.
Sometimes a number of brackets will grow closely together, looking like a set of shelves coming out of the wood. The fungus produces a white rot. Spore print: white. Basidiomycete.Ecology/Way of Life:
Found on live or dead Eucalyptus or Nothofagus wood. Rodway stated that the fungus is a wound parasite, but spreads to the living wood.Other Comments:
The type specimen was collected in Tasmania and the species also occurs in New Zealand.Further Reading:
Buchanan, P.K. & Hood, I.A. (1992). New species and new records of Aphyllophorales (Basidiomycetes) from New Zealand. New Zealand J. Bot. 30: pp95 – 112.
Cunningham, G.H. (1965). The Polyporaceae of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington.
Rodway, L. (1922). On Polyporus pulcherrimus. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania (for 1921). p.176
Text and map by Heino Lepp.
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