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1 year 1 month ago #539052 by tonic

Hi there, my husband and daughter saw several of these whilst tramping near Taupo this weekend. I haven't had any luck working out what they are, but they look to be a moss of some kind? Any ideas?

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1 year 1 month ago #539053 by Ruth

What's the tree? Moss, or lichen?

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1 year 1 month ago #539055 by tonic

He thinks it was on a beech tree, and when I zoom into the picture it looks 'fluffy' like a moss rather than a lichen.

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1 year 1 month ago #539056 by tonic

It looks quite amazing up close, but when I uploaded the pictures they became smaller...not sure how to avoid that.

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1 year 1 month ago #539057 by Anakei

Possibly a fungus?


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1 year 1 month ago #539058 by Ruth

Can you email it to me?

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1 year 1 month ago #539059 by tonic

I think you're right! I did a search and came up with Coral Tooth Fungus, which looks quite similar.

Coral Tooth Fungus

It says they grow on dead trunks, though apparently there were plenty on the live trees they saw.

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1 year 1 month ago #539061 by Ruth

Oh. Would never have seen that in the first picture.... but enlarged, you're right, it's beautiful!

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1 year 1 month ago #539062 by tonic

Ruth wrote: Can you email it to me?


I just sent you the pictures.

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1 year 1 month ago #539063 by tonic

Ruth wrote: Oh. Would never have seen that in the first picture.


No, the pictures they took were very big when he emailed them to me, but small when I uploaded them...I've forwarded the big ones on to you, they are quite pretty!

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1 year 1 month ago #539065 by Ronney

Tonic, this isn't going to be a lot help but when we lived in Taupo I saw this several times, usually on dead trees but not always. Unfortunately this far down the track I can't tell you which live trees I saw it on. No Google back then! It's very pretty.

Looking at your photo (as good as mine) I wouldn't have recognised it as something I'd seen other than the colour but your link is I suspect correct and going back to your photo, I can now see it.

Taupo has some very interesting mosses and lichens.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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1 year 1 month ago #539068 by tonic

It certainly looks pretty and interesting! I wouldn't have guessed fungus as they are usually a bit more fleshy looking, so I learned something new. My girl also took a lovely picture of a 'fairy tale toadstool', all red with pure white spots, which she thought was amazing.

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1 year 1 month ago #539076 by Mudlerk

The fairy tale mushroom is Amanita muscaria, or Fly Agaric. It is said to be deadly poisonous...guess the bright colours are its warning sign?

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