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Chinese Mugwort Artemisia verlotiorum

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 3, 2020 10:13 AM NZDT

Description

Naturalised along side of footpath.

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Late Cotoneaster Cotoneaster coriaceus

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:58 PM NZDT

Description

Several specimens epiphytic on Melia azedarach tree growing in roadside verge planting.

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What

Taupata Coprosma repens

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:58 PM NZDT

Description

Seedling epiphytic on Melia azedarach tree growing in roadside verge planting. Quite common as epiphytes here but most specimens severelt drought stricken and either dead or dying.

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pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:58 PM NZDT

Description

Young plant epiphytic on Melia azedarach tree growing in roadside verge planting. Associated with drought stricken taupata (Coprosma repens).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:28 PM NZDT

Description

Common on Populus nigra cv. Italica.

Solitary or colonial. Pileus top initially smooth, becoming rough with age, pinkish brown to brown in over-mature examples crimson. Pileus slightly domed to flat or dish-shaped. Underside with yellow pores, Stalk pinkish, stout, broader at base. Inner flesh white to cream discolouring on exposure to blue and then grey.

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What

Field and Button Mushrooms Genus Agaricus

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:23 PM NZDT

Description

I am guessing Agaricus campestris...

Common in grass outside fromer Horticultural Buildings.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 31, 2020 03:14 PM NZDT

Description

Common under Betula pendula. Internal flesh discolours to blue when exposed to air.

Solitary or colonial. Pileus top initially smooth, becoming rough with age, pinkish brown to brown in over-mature examples crimson. Pileus slightly domed to flat or dish-shaped. Underside with yellow pores, Stalk pinkish, stout, broader at base.

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Roundheads Genus Stropharia

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 30, 2020 12:44 PM NZDT

Description

Solitary. Emergent from potting mix beneath Capsicum chinense. Gills greyish, pileus orange with dark centre, stipe pale near gills otherwise pale orange. No discolouration evident on bruising stipe or pileus.

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Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranthus caudatus

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 28, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Single plant growing in bark garden amongst recently planted shrubs, Chionochloa flavicans f. flavicans and Libertia.

Voucher collected.

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What

Sac Fungi Phylum Ascomycota

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 26, 2020 05:41 PM NZDT

Description

Returning to the issue of what fungus is damaging my Passiflorua edulis (see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/37091536) - these growths were noted yesterday I don't thnk they are same fungus as observed on 30 December 2019 but they seem to have the same impact on the host plant, or perhaps are benefitting from whatever else is causing the leaf yellowing and drop.

Lesions initiated as dark green spotting, the centre of which is soon covered in white hyphae forming more or less ciricular patches up to 5 mm diameter. On initial appearance of the dark green spotting the surrounding tissue becomes chlorotic, and by the time spore tissue is forming the entire leaf has gone yellow and often drops.

Specimen collected.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019

Description

Common on Carex (Uncinia) uncinata growing in on ground in regenerating forest. Identified in the field by Dr Eric McKenzie. Images from herbarium specimen.

Voucher: P.J de Lange 14733, UNITEC

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 21, 2019 12:14 PM NZST

Description

Corticolous on karamu (Coprosma chathamica). Thallus pinkish when fresh, pseudocyphellate.

Examined by Andrew Marshall who states of this specimen that it 'approaches Pyrenula microcarpa with respect to the pale thallus and very small pyrenocarps (up to ~0.5mm), but differs from that species by the thallus surface which has a pinkish hue and which is pseudocyphellate. The spores measure 17.5-20 microns; lumina very angular and uniseriately arranged in the ascus'.

Voucher collected.

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What

Red Beard Lichen Usnea rubicunda

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:20 AM +13

Description

Occasional on the trunk and canopy branches of ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata). Thallus reddish.

Not a satisfactory fit but of the New Zealand species as treated in the N.Z. Lichen "Flora" this specimen fits here best.

New Zealand Usnea need a modern revision starting with a DNA based phylogeny to provide a framework on which to map a chemical and morphology assessment.

Images from herbarium voucher.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14718, M. Prasad, C. Beard & P. Bell-Butler, UNITEC

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Gold Specklebelly Lichen Crocodia aurata

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:20 AM +13

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata).

Image in dry state. Photobiont green. Medulla yellow. Upper thallus surface without pseudocyphellae, isidia, phyllidia or apothecia; sorediate, soralia labriform. Thallus underside densely covered in dark chocolate brown tomentum except toward lobe apices in some places, pseudocyphellae conspicuous, numerous, from lobe apices to thallus centre. Thallus parasitised by lichenicolous fungus - black spotting.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14716, M. Prasad, C. Beard & P. Bell-utler, UNITEC

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:20 AM +13

Description

Corticolous on ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata). Uncommon on that phorophyte but abundant in this area.

Images of specimen in dry state showing growth habit, 'hold fast', and cyphellae. Photobiont green. Medulla white. Upper surface broadly lobed, without isidia, phyllidia, sorediae or cyphellae. Underside finely covered in palel tomentum, cyphellae numerous.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14717, M. Prasad, C. Beard & P. Bell-Butler, UNITEC.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:37 AM +13

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata). Images in dry state of herbarium voucher.

Photobiont green. Medulla yellow. Thallus deeply lobed, lobes narrow, often lacerate. Upper thallus surface without phyllidia or pseudocyphellae; finely isidiate, isidia (often eroding into soredia), arranged mostly laminal, aggregating toward thallus to form a defract crust. Apothecia not seen. Thallus underside covered in golden brown tomentum. Pseudocyphellae numerous, yellow.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14720, M. Prasad, C. Beard & P. Bell-Butler, UNITEC

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What

North Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. placabilis

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 17, 2020 04:02 PM NZDT

Description

Battered specimen rescued from cat who had retrieved it from parapara (Pisonia brunoniana) tree where it had been gummed up in the ripe fruits. I assume it would die but this bird tolerated being ungummed, and carefully washed and dried. It was then fed a supply of midges and Scolypopa australis, and given water. The following morning this bird was successfully released and despite missing all it's tail feathers it seemed fine. Never dealt with such a delicate bird before, I was convinced it would die. Obviously more resilient than I had thought

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 23, 2019

Description

Corticolous on Myoporum semotum - very distinct graphid but so far failed to get a name on it even at genus rank. Thallus K-, C- (Pd not tested), ascospores I-, 12.5 × 2 microns, 4-locular, 3-septate.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange CH3043, UNITEC 11479

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:20 AM NZDT

Description

Noted amongst bryophytes (Porella and Leptostomum) festooning the trunk of ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata). Image from specimen retrieved from bryophytes on 16 March 2020.

I think this is Ploiaria antipodum.

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What

North Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. placabilis

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Nest of (I think) a piwakawaka - noted in crook of mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua). Shape - strongly deltoid, made mostly of Usnea rubicunda, U. angulata, inner portion lined with raupo (Typha orientalis) 'down' (from seed heads). Nest estimated at c.70 mm long by 30 mm wide at top of nest.

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What

Gold Specklebelly Lichen Crocodia aurata

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Common. Corticolous on Olearia solandri in shrubland developed on margins of tidal portion of Makomako Stream. Thallus infected by a lichenicolous fungus (black blemishes and distorted portions of thallus).

Photobiont Green. Medulla Yellow. Upper surface without pseudocyphellae, phyllidia or isidia, sorediate, soralia labriform. Lower surface covered in brown tomentum, pseudocyphellae conspicuous, yellow.

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What

Coastal Tree Daisy Olearia solandri

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Occasional in swampy ground abutting tidal portion of Makomako Stream. A few branches still sporting flowers. but most shrubs of this species shedding seed.

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What

New Zealand Vegetable Bug Glaucias amyoti

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Nymph noted on pirita (Ileostylus micranthus) specimens parasitising mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua).

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What

Chinese Wax Scale Ceroplastes sinensis

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Common on pirita (Ileostylus micranthus) parasitising mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua) growing on the margin of a tidal creek (see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/40010575).

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What

Green Mistletoe Ileostylus micranthus

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 11:52 AM NZDT

Description

Locally common. Parasitic on Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua. I found this population at this location in 2010. Great to see it is still here, although some plants are now covered in Ceroplastes sinensis (see ). When I was a child - (c. 45 years ago) this species was locally common around the eastern shoreline of Aotea, and northern shore of Kawhia on Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua. Over the last 30 years this species has all but vanished from this part of the western Waikato.

Same population as: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/39958202

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:50 AM NZDT

Description

Young plant growing on roadside kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides). Foliage covered in dust from gravel road.

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:50 AM NZDT

Description

Severe infestation on ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata) shurbs growing exposed on margin of kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides) near roadside. Lesions mostly seen, uredinospores often scant or reduced to greyish matter presumably as a consequence of drought conditions (?).

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What

Ramarama Lophomyrtus bullata

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:07 AM NZDT

Description

One of numerous trees, shrubs and saplings and seedlings seen of this species. All infected by myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii). These images from one of the least infected specimens seen, one sporting immature fruits - the only one seen with fruits that had successfully formed to this stage of development without being struck by the rust.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:07 AM NZDT

Description

Probably - have yet to key this one out but it looks to be this genus and probably this species.

Locally common on ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata) in kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides) riparian forest remnant.

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What

Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 14, 2020 10:07 AM NZDT

Description

Common. Infecting all ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata) seen in kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides_ dominated forest remnant. Infections severe, and combined with drought stress killing most of this species at this site.

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