April was pretty dry, up until just recently anyway! As I am writing this, the last week has been rather a soggy trek around the Cairns Botanic Gardens to say the least.
I am hoping that once this rain passes we will have some nice opportunities for the last bout of shroomin probably for the year, until the rains kick in again in December. Due to these and other factors, this will be a short entry as the timing has not been a friend to the fungi kingdom, or for this blog.
I was able to find some of these tiny Eyelash Fungi on a recent trek up to the Atherton Tablelands and one of my favourite rainforest paths. The tiny fungi, each flattened cup reaches a maximum of about 6mm across. It exhibits tiny eyelash-like hairs (hence the name) around the circumference. Spotting these is difficult…you need to be low to the ground and very slow as they will easily just blend into the surroundings.
This particular species is called Scutellinia scutellata, and the colour can range from this burnt orange tone if the soils pH is alkaline or neutral, or a red tone if the soil is acidic.