18 April 2014

Orange pore fungus

The orange pore fungus, Favolaschia calocera, is apparently a recent arrival to New Zealand but is now widespread and considered a weed species in native forests. It's certainly not hard to find growing on fallen branches along the No. 1 Line track, which is where I photographed these fruiting bodies this afternoon.


[18 April 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 60mm f/2.8 macro , ISO 200, 0.6s at f/8]

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5 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous colour and delicate structure. Does its incursion into the native forests cause any problems that you know about?

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
The translucence is pretty cool. This is why I love your place. I saw some of these along the Sledge Track yesterday and wondered what they were....

pohanginapete said...

EC, I don't know of any problems, and it grows in dead branches and logs, so it's probably not a direct threat to native plants or animals. Still, everything's connected in ecosystems, and the introduction of something new and abundant must have some kinds of effects — it's just a matter of what and how substantial they are.

Kia ora Robb. Very pleased it's somewhere you feel at home. :^)

Zhoen said...

Sure looks like a bunch of tourists lookin' around, about to invade.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen — oh yes! Maybe we could coax Gary Larson out of retirement for his take on this?