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What

Waxweed Pennywort Hydrocotyle heteromeria

Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:35 AM NZST

Description

Common in vehicle parking area. Either H. heteromeria or H. microphylla but no fertile material seen. Leaves quite small so inclined to think this is H. microphylla but can't be certain.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:22 AM NZST

Description

Common on iron cladding of old shed. At least two lichens present in this image but the one with the black apothecia and grey-brown thallus is the one of interest for this posting. Alas I could not collect it.

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What

Maritime Sunburst Lichen Xanthoria parietina

Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:22 AM NZST

Description

Saxicolous on rocks within rough pasture behind Waitangi Hotel, Waitekei / Waitangi.

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What

Zig-zag Seaweed Cystophora scalaris

Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:22 AM NZST

Description

Common as beach cast. This species is abundant around the Chatham Islands, and in fact it was described from here, from Waitangi.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:22 AM NZST

Description

I think - either this is C. angustifolium (not great with this species pair).

Common in beach cast.

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Square

What

Coastal Cress Lepidium flexicaule

Observer

pjd1

Date

August 17, 2019 03:02 PM NZST

Description

Locally common on Chatham Schist outcrop where kekeno / N.Z. fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) rest up. Associated with Disphyma papillatum.

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What

Cook's Turban Cookia sulcata

Observer

pjd1

Date

August 16, 2019 07:22 AM NZST

Description

Common along strandline as beach cast.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Quite a mix here - I suspect (but this will need to be checked by an expert) that most of the liverwort in these images is Metalejeunea cucullata (first two images certainly) but there is also quite possibly a little Siphonolejeunea nudipes and Microlejeunea latitans (pointed leaf ends). All corticolous on rawirinui (Kunzea robusta).

Images not brilliant - these tiny liverworts well and truly stretching the limits of what my camera can do.

Voucher collected. Family posting interim - as these are all in the Lejeuneaceae.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Naturalised within Park. Plants probably derived from accidental spread from plantings made by the former Auckland City Council in the 1970s. It seems likely that the Cassytha was attached to plants purchased by the council from the former Platt's Native Plant Nursery, Albany (Graeme Platt grew this species for interest, and it sometimes appeared as an accidental contaminant on the branches of potted shrubs. Following that nurseries closure in 1995 (or thereabouts) taihoa was still for a time present in the former nursery grounds (now covered in houses). In any case, whatever its origins taihoa is still locally present at Western Springs where it is parasitic on kahikatoa (Leptospermum aff. scoparium (a)), rawirinui (Kunzea robusta) and mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus subsp. ramiflorus).

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Uncommon. on dead pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) branch attached to living tree. Inner surface of apothecia pink, outer surface white, pruinose (a lichen term but one that may apply here equally).

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14472 & D.J. Blanchon, PDD

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Square

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

In shallow, still water. Associated with Ricciocarpos natans, Lemna disperma and Azolla rubra.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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What

Fringed Heartwort Ricciocarpos natans

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Noted in shallow water with Lemna disperma, Wolffia australiana and Azolla rubra. Images taken in situ and some in a dish of water.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Resupinatus?

Fruiting bodies colonial, sessile (without stipe). Upper surface pale brownish, somewhat hairy; gills white.

Abundant on the bark of a dying rawirinui (Kunzea robusta).

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14475, UNITEC 10857

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Common, erupting from soil directly under rawirinui (Kunzea robusta). Fruiting bodies greyish up to 20 mm tall.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14474, PDD

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Uncommon. On lichen encrusted dead rawirinui (Kunzea robusta) branch attached to living tree. Fruiting bodies transparent, gelatinous up to 20 mm diameter.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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Square

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Thallus not stratified. Granules fine (not yet measured). Acetone extract bright yellow.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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What

Bracket Fungi Family Polyporaceae

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

Common on decaying rawirinui (Kunzea robusta) wood. Fruiting bodies 10-30 mm long by 10-20 mm wide. Underside whitish except for pores - these grey. Upper surface mostly pinkish with darker grey bands, margin of fruiting body uniformly white.

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 20, 2019 01:27 PM NZST

Description

I think - very small (8-10 mm when fresh) - fruiting bodies orange (or rather the exposed portions), finely tomentose. Emerging from amongst Rosulabryum subtomentosum overlying basalt lava in open grassland amongst sparse rawirinui (Kunzea robusta).

Observed during an Auckland Botanical Society field trip to Western Springs

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14473 & M. Ford, PDD

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What

Chatham Islands Scurvy Grass Lepidium rekohuense

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 17, 2019 02:40 PM NZST

Description

Examples of several hundred (estimated) seedlings that have appeared from seed bank. These plants are being closely monitored and managed two-weekly by the Department of Conservation. Earlier this year only one plant remained of this endemic species - a very serious situation. This species is by no means secure but these seedlings provide some hope for the future.

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What

Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Noted on ground covering dead bracken fronds and Leptospermum branchlets lying on ground. Fruiting body underside without teeth, finely hairy, Margins of fruiting body white, floccose, otherwise brown and smooth. Images awful - hard to photograph.

Basis for determination is this record seen on adjacent headland, which is of a very similar but much better developed specimen - https://inaturalist.nz/observations/6797171

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Noted emerging from fallen branchlets in coastal forest dominated by pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), rawiri (Kunzea linearis) and mapou (Myrsine australis), Fruiting body greyish, rather hard, 40 mm tall when fresh.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Slimy spheroidal orange-yellow fruiting body noted partially exposed in well decomposed Kunzea leaf litter under rawiri (Kunzea linearis).

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What

Bonnets Genus Mycena

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Possibly...

Uncommon. Solitary fruiting bodies noted in deep drifts of partially decomposed leaf litter under rawiri (Kunzea linearis). Associated with Leucoagaricus and Cortinarius spp.

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What

Pinkgills Genus Entoloma

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Solitary fruiting bodies noted under a dense canopy of rawiri (Kunzea linearis).

Seems to be the same Entoloma as these ones noted at Kopouatai
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/27539293, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/27482734

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Common. Colonial. Emergent from Leucobryum javense under rawiri (Kunzea linearis). Fruiting bodies yellowish, pileus slimy.

Cortinarius ignotus?

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Common. Terricolous on clay in gumland.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Common. Emergent through Bazzania adnexa in open gumland under sparse rawiri (Kunzea linearis) and kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium s.l.).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Possibly Cortinarius rotundisporus - reasonably common amongst Leucobryum javense turves under rawiri (Kunzea linearis).

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What

Webcaps Genus Cortinarius

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Common under rawiri (Kunzea linearis). Pileus with prominent, darkened umbo - otherwise the usual unremarkable shades of brown. Smooth, somewhat hardened / coriaceous. Stipe broad, whitish except near apex.

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What

Laccarias Genus Laccaria

Observer

pjd1

Date

July 11, 2019 09:52 AM NZST

Description

Or Entoloma....

Common in leaf litter under rawiri (Kunzea linearis).

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