The weird and the wonderful
These purple mushroom fungi, Cortinarius archeri, are growing at present, along with the Dermocybe austroveneta, or the green skinhead.
There is also the weird in the form of this jelly fungus, which might be Tremella fimbriata, growing out of a fallen eucalypt.
The Cortinarius archeri is mycorrhizal with eucalypts. This is a symbiotic relationship where the fungus, unable to manufacture its own carbohydrates, shares what is manufactured by the eucalypt; the eucalypt, in turn, has access to essential nutrients the fungus can provide. The Dermocybe austroveneta is also mycorrhizal.
The Tremella, on the other hand, is saprotropic, growing on dead wood. These kinds of fungi break down dead organic matter such as wood and dung, using the results and recycling them back into the environment.
Here is a further selection of the weird and wonderful fungi fruiting in the Reserve at present.
See our Fungi page for more.
Sources and further resources
Commonwealth of Australia (2007) Fungi and the environment. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/publications/fungi/environment.html
Fuhrer, B. (2009) A field guide to Australian fungi. Bloomings Books: Melbourne.
Grey, P. & Grey, E. (2005) Fungi downunder: The Fungimap guide to Australian fungi. Fungimap, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne: South Yarra.
Leithhead, W.G. (n.d.) Fungi Home Pages. http://www.elfram.com/fungi/fungi_home.html#top