A great work session expanded the revegetation area on the south slope with new plantings. Under Karen’s expert direction, the team dug holes and planted Pittosporum revolutum, Indigofera australis and one Bursaria spinosa.
Of course, the weeding can’t be ignored, and more progress was made on clearing out the Trad around the creek bed.
Welcome to Chloe and Carol for their first session, and thanks to park neighbours Rhiannon and Daniel and family for providing a fantastic morning tea. A pair of White-headed Pigeons looked on approvingly.
Our resident fungi expert Liz Kabanoff has spotted quite a few examples of beautiful fungi coming up at Else Mitchell this month.
Gymnopilus junonius was seen growing in clusters on buried wood.
Russulas are ectomycorrhizal fungi. They are a food source for native slugs and snails. Russula viridis, the green russula, was a bit dried out when observed. All were growing in soil under Allocasuarina.
Oudemansiella gigaspora, a tall, elegant mushroom with a brown cap that is slimy when wet, was growing in soil but apparently attached to underground wood. Six specimens observed.
Strobilomyces is a genus of bolete mushrooms (mushrooms with pores on the undersurface, rather than gills). Boletellus and Strobilomyces are both boletes (spongy porous undersurface).
Amanita xanthocephala forms ectomycorrhizal relationships with Eucalyptus. The specimens pictured were growing under Eucalyptus deani. 5 specimens were found. Amanita punctata was growing in soil in the woodland area among native grasses, Eucalyptus deani, Angophora, Allocasuarina. Three specimens were found.
Coral fungus, greyish-brown, was seen growing under Angophora costata and Allocasuarina torulosa.
The bioluminescent ghost fungus Omphalotus nidiformis, was observed growing on a tree stump.
Liz was able to capture some great photos of the reserve’s smaller residents. These included the Pleasing Fungus Beetle, which “because of their cryptic habits they are rarely seen except by the dedicated mushroom hunter and entomologists.” (University of Florida)
Pleasing Fungus Beetle Seed bug nymphs Family Lygaeidae
A November storm delivered a heavy downpour after several dry months. The torrents had the usual effect of washing away a few of the planks from the footbridge, and showing the power of water on the landscape.