Autumn flower

There’s little flowering right now in my forest, but this pink one caught my eye. Hadn’t seen it before, and there was only one. 
So, naturally, I got the camera and went closer.

Which is when I realised it was a fungus, fleshy rather than flowery, fat-stemmed, the cap splitting into ‘petals’, lightly frilled, with a gill-fluted white petticoat.

And I have tried to find out what it could be called, but failed. Neither my books, nor Gaye’s Fungi site, nor the web, have revealed its identity.

One of the mysterious aspects of fungi is how a single specimen can appear, delight and confuse me, and disappear, never to return in that spot– or not for the decades I’m around.

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3 thoughts on “Autumn flower”

  1. Yes, Sharyn, it will be an interesting fungus to get a good set of different stages of life cycle. I’m working on it, and I’ll let you know when I get a blog post up.

    Cheers,
    Gaye

  2. Wow, hard to believe it’s the an older one as the earlier tomato fungi. Their life cycle will make a great blog.

  3. Hello Sharyn,

    your pretty, worn fungus is a species of Russula. Possibly Russula aff rosacea. In their fresh state, they are simply stunning with pink or purplish-pink cap AND stem, and white gills all of the same length. I found some over near Cessnock a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t got enough of a range of stages of their life cycle as yet to do a blog on them. When I do, I will let you know.

    Lovely find 🙂

    Cheers,
    Gaye

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