Tremella is a genus of jelly fungi which commonly occurs in South Australia. Here are 2 species which are easy to identify & hard to confuse with anything else. Taxonomic name: Tremella mesenterica Tremella comes from the Latin tremo meaning ‘tremble’ and ella meaning ‘small.’ mesenterica comes from the Greek mesos meaning ‘middle’ and enteron meaning ‘intestine.’ Common name(s): Witche’s butter, … More Tremella sp.
Schizophyllum commune is one of the most wide-spread species of fungi in the world and has somewhere between 20,000-30,000 different mating types! Taxonomic name: Schizophyllum commune Schizo means ‘Split or I split.’ phyllum means ‘leaf’ or in this case ‘gill.’ commune comes from ‘communis’ meaning ‘common.’ Common name(s): Split gill Habitat/ecology: Saprophytic (decomposer) growing on dead wood of both native & exotic … More Schizophyllum commune AKA split gill
Taxonomic name: Gymnopilus junonius Common name(s): Laughing Gym, spectacular rustgill. Habitat/ecology: Saprophytic (decomposer) on dead wood of a variety of hardwood trees and conifers. Grows in dense clusters. Gymnopilus junonius is a member of the Cortinariaceae family. It is inedible and has a stong bitter taste. Very common in South Australia. Description: Cap: Golden brown … More Gymnopilus junonius AKA laughing Gym