Thursday, 12 November 2009
A whole new world
I have just discovered a whole new world...Fungi !!
Yesterday I found this.......growing on the stump of a pittosporum.
(click on image to enlarge.)
Top photos taken 11 Nov. 09
Bottom photos 12 Nov. 09
1. Top view 2. Underside 3. Side growing against the wood 4. On mass
As someone who always needs to find out about something rather than just admire it, I made a few enquires as to its identity. A few ideas have been put forward ( The most likely Giant polypore ) but like many things definitive ID is always difficult by photos alone.Hopefully over the next few days as the fungi develops identifying it may become easier.
There is so much to learn, so many fungi are very alike. Colour, texture, smell, spore patterns, location, time of the year etc. all help in correctly identifying a species.
I guess in a way it's no different from learning to identify birds, trees, flowers, insects and the like it's just I've never really 'looked' into fungi before.
I think I'm hooked.