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Kalgan River

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The Kalgan RiverOn Saturday we decided to do the Luke Pen Walk along the Kalgan River. Every time I’ve been to the Kalgan, I’ve been struck by how beautiful it is. The water is often clear and very reflective, and the bushland appears relatively unspoiled (bar some weed encroachment from neighboring farmland).

April and June are fantastic if you’re interested in fungi. Last year I uploaded photographs of Honey Fungus, Scotsmans Beard, a violet bolete, and some small fungi with bright red caps. One of those photographs placed in the Albany Show in the “plants” category. Unfortunately, the server crash in February wiped that post. However, the Kalgan River once again did not dissapoint, and we chanced across some interesting specimens …

Fungi - Piptoporus portentosus

According to my sources, this is a Piptoporus portentosus. It’s quite large, the cap was easily the span of my hand. This is a parasitic fungi — it will destroy most of the heart-wood of the host tree. :-(

Salmon Coral Fungus (Ramaria ochraceosalmonicolor)

This is Ramaria ochraceosalmonicolor, known as “Salmon Coral Fungus” or “The Golden Coral Fungus”.

Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella mesenterica)

This squiggly yellow thing is Tremella mesenterica, called either “Yellow Brain Fungus” or “Golden Jelly Fungus” (I prefer the former). Apparently it is both edible and tasty. I’ll pass though. :-)

Parasitic Tree Fungi

Another tree fungus that looks parasitic. It’s not dissimilar from the Piptoporus portentosus, but it seems to be growing in the opposite direction. I don’t think it can be the same type.

Unidentified fungus, could be Karri Cushion Fungus

I can’t identify this one. The size of the larger mass would have been roughly the same as a 20c piece. It matches the description of the “Karri Cushion Fungus” Hypoxylon aff. subrutilum, but the picture is very different. Very vivid red.


Not a fungus, but a find of extraordinary paleontological significance! A perfectly preserved triceratops — I speculate it has been reduced in size, presumably via some kind of “miniaturisation ray”; it appears it did not survive the process unfortunately. Rather than take it with us, we left it where found so its owner may retrieve it. :-)

And here’s me, sitting on a bridge over a small inlet. I think Sue said it was a “tributary”, and she knows all the complicated words for landforms and ecology stuff, so that’s probably right!


And lastly, the Kalgan River itself, as the sun is getting low …

The Kalgan River


ROBINSON, Richard. Fungi of the South West Forests, Department of Conservation and Land Management, 2003. 72p.

GRIFFITHS, Kevn. A Field Guide to the Larger Fungi of the Darling Scarp &ampl South West of Western Australia, Kevn Griffiths, 1985. 79p.

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm