There are a few patches in the bush I check regularly for a reason. I looked again after a night of steady rain and a humid morning, hoping that conditions were right. I was a little disappointed that the three separate patches were empty. Then, not too far after the last one, I spotted this sample among leaf litter just off the track!
Aseroe rubra, past it’s best, they decay pretty quickly and are gone in a few days. I haven’t seen one for a couple of years so was pretty surprised and excited with my find. SURPRISE!
“The first native Australian fungus to be formally described, Aseroe rubra was collected in 1792 in southern Tasmania and named by the French botanist Jacques Labillardière. The scientific name is derived from the Ancient Greek words Asē/αση ‘disgust’ and roē/ροη ‘juice’, and the Latinruber ‘red’. It is a member of the stinkhorn family Phallaceae, although has been placed by some mycologists in a separate family Clathraceae. Like them it bears its spores in a brownish slime which smells of faeces or carrion and attracts flies, which spread the spores.”
Source: Wikipedia (turns out they’re not that rare either).
A few more finds from a morning with doggo giving me the come along.