- Glows in the dark.
- Fan or trumpet-shaped fruit bodies with white to cream gills.
- Cap 75-150 mm.
- Spore print white.
What to Observe
- Fruiting - button,
- Fruit mature,
- Fruit over mature,
- Fruit dried out
ClimateWatch Science Advisor
Fungi start fruiting with rainfall. Warmer summers mean fruiting may start later. Also increases in decay rates in forests may trigger fruiting in spring and autumn.
When To Look
Starts fruiting in May after first rain
Where To Look
- Southern Australia
- Look on and around dead and living trees and stumps
Bougher N. 2009. Fungi of the Perth Region and Beyond
Pleurotus australis often called the Southern Oyster Mushroom (see page J-45 of Perth region and beyond field book) or Brown Oyster (as in Fungimap book)
Did You Know?
James Drummond, an early settler and plant collector in Western Australia talked of a large luminous mushroom (most likely Omphalotus nidiformis) and reported that several Aboriginal people, when they saw it "...cried out 'Chinga!' their name for a spirit, and seemed much afraid of it".
Ghost fungus is mild to taste, but causes vomiting.