The Fungi of Scott Creek Conservation Park

Scott Creek Conservation Park is home to numerous species of fungi, with an extraordinary variety of colours and shapes.

The following species were chosen because they look interesting, or are common enough that there's a good chance that you'll see them in the park - during the appropriate season.

Cup fungi
Unidentified fungi  Photo Tom Hands

"Boletellus ananiceps, the shaggy-capped bolete, has a large robust mushroom-like fruit body up to 15 cm diameter. It is easily recognised by the conspicuously shaggy covering on the pale tan coloured cap and yellow pores that stain blue when bruised or damaged. If the cap is damaged or cut, the flesh also stains blue when exposed to air. The shaggy-capped bolete can fruit at any time of the year. Generally it is found in early autumn. However, it can also fruit following rain in the summer, when the mushrooms can be found extending from the underside of logs or from the base of stumps. The shaggy-capped bolete is common in all eucalypt forest and woodlands in the southwest."

Richard Robinson, DEC Science Division, Manjimup

Fungi in the genus Galerina are small inconspicuous toadstools with long stems.

They are typically found growing in moss or decaying plant material. At least one of them, G. marginata, is known to be extremely poisonous.

The Galerina shown on the right is usually about 2 to 3 cm high, and has a cap 1 cm across.

It is always found amongst moss and can be singular or in broad groups which look rather like miniature forests.

Galerina toadstool   Photo Frank Copley
Galerina hypnorum (Schrank ex FR.) with moss
Toadstool Amanita angustispora     Photo Frank Copley

The Slender Parasol, Macrolepoita konradii has a cap up to 7 cm in diameter, and is about 15cm high. The gills are white at first, becoming light brown as the fruit ages.

In Scott Creek CP it is found scattered in large numbers on the grassy flats and old road ways along Greenhood track.


Bracket fungus are usually listed under the generic names of Trametes, Coriolus or Polystictus.

The photo on the right shows Trametes versicolour, a common bracket fungus found growing on fallen timber in all the states of Australia.

It's common in the park. The colour variations in the bands make it most attractive.

Brachet fungi  Trametes species    Photo : Frank Copley
The Rainbow fungus : Trametes versicolour
Unidentified fungi   Photo Frank Copley

This is probably Mycena nargan, a small agaric with very dark blackish brown cap (to 18 mm diam.), spotted with small white scales; stem with white scales at base. Gregarious, on wood.

This fungus was found growing in moss covered wood.

Probably Mycena nargan

A member of the Agaric genera, Mycena sp., possibly M.vinacea. This is typically a small and slender fungi, with conical caps varying from one to three cm wide.

It grows in groups on dead wood and has a strong radish smell when crushed.

It's very common in the shady moist parts of the park.

Toadstool of the Mycena species.  Photo Frank Copley
Mycena sp., possibly vinacea.
Common coral fungi  Photo Frank Copley

Probably the commonest coral fungi in the park, it's usually found growing on dead wood from early Autumn to mid winter.

It grows up to thirteen cm tall, and can vary from a pale cream colour to a pinkish hue.

A coral fungus- most likely a Ramaria species with moss.
This specimen is likely to be a pale specimen of Podoscypha petalodes. Unidentified jelly fungi    Photo Frank Copley
Podoscypha petalodes.
Common coral fungi    Photo Frank Copley

Clavulinopsis amoena can be singular or branched, and vary from white through to bright yellow and orange.

They are waxy to the touch and rather small and rubbery.

A spectacular coral fungus : Clavulinopsis amoena

The Mycena genus has over forty species in Australia.

They are dainty fungi, with slender stems which lead to small conical caps.

Mycena subgalericulata has a cap up to three cm wide, and is very variable in colour. The pale hairy base is usual.

It can be found growing on old wood anywhere in the park. It has no obvious smell.

Mycena toadstool Photo Frank Copley
Mycena subgalericulata Cleland
Unidentified Toadstool  Photo Frank Copley.

The very small and common Omphalina chromacea (Cleland). The colour varies from ochre to chrome yellow - in which form it is most commonly found in Scott Creek CP.

It is usually about 2 cm in diameter and about the same height. It is often seen growing on paths, particularly in moist areas.

Omphalina chromacea.

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