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Pyronema sp. A

Golden Fire fungus at Meroo National Park

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Pyronema sp. A at Meroo National Park - 9 Jan 2020
Pyronema sp. A at Meroo National Park - 9 Jan 2020
Pyronema sp. A at Meroo National Park - 9 Jan 2020
Pyronema sp. A at Meroo National Park - 9 Jan 2020

Identification history

Pyronema sp. A 16 Jan 2020 Pam
Unidentified 15 Jan 2020 Marg

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Significant sighting

Pam noted:
16 Jan 2020

This is a distinctive species of Pyronema which is different from the usually recorded Pyronema omphalodes. Much more golden, seems to only occur above ground and the confluent mass is much more nodular than P. omphalodes. Also first record of this genus after the 2019-2020 fires

Author's notes

Pam, these are some more photos of that fungus which is growing in a recently burnt area showing different stages. It ends up getting very powdery. Sorry for delay in getting them to you.

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Pam wrote:
   16 Jan 2020
No worries about the delay. Many thanks for those very useful images. I've listed it as Pyronema sp. A. which appears to be a very golden and robust species of this genus. I've also put P. sp. B up, a creamy species. Even though sp A goes cream at maturity it is still much more robust than sp. B which I've not seen as golden as sp. A.
There is very little information on this genus. Then coupled with being unable to look at the spores of your species I'm making a call on this and hoping more records will come in that will help add to our knowledge. Thank you again for this great sighting and your very useful images.

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Pyronema sp. A (Golden Fire fungus) at Meroo National Park - 26 Dec 2019 by Marg
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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 9 Jan 2020 Recorded on
  • Marg Recorded by
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