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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia

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    Source: Australian Fungi- A Blog


Omphalotus nidiformis , Ghost Fungus, belongs to the family Marasmiaceae . Pronunciation Omfa-lotus nidee-form-iss. This is Australia's most well-known luminous (glow-in-the-dark) fungus, but not only does it make a spectacle at night, it also makes a lovely show by day. A newly emerged Omphalotus nidiformis fruiting body Developing quickly to form a 'funnel' in the cap Losing orange colouration in cap and gills as it matures These funnel-shaped fungi flatten out with age and can reach a diameter of 200mm. ... source: Australian Fungi- A Blog

The fruiting body of the ghost fungus can be found on dead or diseased wood, where it causes white heart rot. A saprobe or parasite , it is nonspecific in its needs and can be found on native Banksia , Hakea or Acacia and various Myrtaceae as well as introduced trees such as Pinus or Platanus species. ... source: Wikipedia

Omphalotus nidiformis , "Ghost Fungus", is a common, large, Australian wood-rotting fungus found in groups or tiers on rotting logs, occasionally on live trees. Bioluminescence makes it glow green in the darkness, and it is toxic. The cap is fan-shaped, to 150 mm, fleshy, shades from cream to brown, with yellow or purplish tinges. ... source: Bill Leithhead's Web Site

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Australian Fungi- A Blog
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Australian Plant Image Index
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Bill Leithhead's Web Site
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Blue Tier
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Encyclopedia of Life
Flickr EOL
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Richard Hartland
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Description, Distribution, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Fungimap Target Species List
Author: Text from 'Fungi down under : the Fungimap guide to Australian fungi' (2005) edited by Pat Grey and Ed Grey.
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vernacular name: Ghost Fungus
Substrate: Substrate: Living and dead native and exotic tree-trunks and stumps; saprotrophic.
Morphogroup: Agarics
Description: On dead wood and living trees. This very large, generally funnel-shaped agaric grows in overlapping clusters. A stout white stem supports a white to cream cap tinted yellow, blue and black in the centre. The white gills run part-way down the stem and produce white spores. This luminous fungus glows white in the dark.Luminescence is due to a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen.
Similar species: Brown Oyster (Pleurotus australis) is brown and commonly grows on trunks and branches of dead trees. It does not glow in the dark.
Diagnostic features: Spore print: WhiteCap: Diameter to 300 mm; fan-shaped to deeply funnel-shaped; blue-black when young, ageing cream to white, with darker tints of yellow, copper, purple, blue and black in the centre; dry, smooth; margin inrolled, ageing to flat or curved up, irregular to wavy.Gills: Deeply decurrent; close; cream to white; various lengths.Stem Description: Central to off-centre or lateral; length to 80 mm, diameter to 40 mm; stout, cylindrical; cream to white; dry, firm.
Native: Native
Population biology: In overlapping clusters; common.
Distribution: Forests woodlands parks and gardens; widespread.
Toxicity: Highly Toxic
Feeding: Saprotrophic
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 25502
Kingdom: fungi
Class: club fungi
Family: Basidiomycota
scientificNameAuthorship: (Berk.) O.K.Mill.
status: Least concern wildlife
sourceStatus: Least concern wildlife
QLD_NCA_status: C
QLD_NCA_status_description: Least concern wildlife
Endemicity: U
Endemicity_description: Native to Queensland - endemicity not defined

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Omphalotus nidiformis
Published in: "Mycol. Helv. 6: 93. 1994."


Synonyms Source
Agaricus nidiformis Berk. Berk. Berk.
Published in: "London J. Bot. 3: 185. 1844."
Agaricus lampas Berk. Berk. Berk.
Published in: "London. J. Bot. 4: 44. 1845."
Agaricus phosphorus Berk. Berk. Berk.
Published in: "London J. Bot. 7: 572. 1848."
Agaricus noctilucus Berk.
Published in: "J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 13: 157. 1872."
Panus incandescens Berk. & Broome Berk. & Broome "Berk. & Broome"
Published in: "Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot., ser. 2, 2: 55. 1883."
Pleurotus lampas (Berk.) Sacc. (Berk.) Sacc. "(Berk.) Sacc."
Published in: "Syll. Fung. 5: 357. 1887."
Pleurotus nidiformis (Berk.) Sacc. (Berk.) Sacc. "(Berk.) Sacc."
Published in: "Syll. Fung. 5: 357. 1887."
Pleurotus phosphorus (Berk.) Sacc. (Berk.) Sacc. "(Berk.) Sacc."
Published in: "Syll. Fung. 5: 358. 1887."
Dendrosarcus berkeleyi Kuntze Kuntze Kuntze
Published in: "Revis. Gen. Pl. 3(2): 463. 1898."
Dendrosarcus nidiformis (Berk.) Kuntze (Berk.) Kuntze "(Berk.) Kuntze"
Published in: "Revis. Gen. Pl. 3(2): 464. 1898."
Lentinus incandescens (Berk. & Broome) Henn. (Berk. & Broome) Henn. "(Berk. & Broome) Henn."
Published in: "Nat. Pflanzenfam. 1, 1** 224. 1898."
Pocillaria incandescens (Berk. & Broome) Kuntze (Berk. & Broome) Kuntze "(Berk. & Broome) Kuntze"
Published in: "Revis. Gen. Pl. 3(2): 506. 1898."
Dendrosarcus lampas "(Berk.) Kuntze"
Published in: "Revis. Gen. Pl. 3(2): 464. 1898."
Agaricus gardneri Berk. Berk. Berk.
Published in: "Mycol. Helv. 6: 93. 1994."

Working classification

Omphalotus nidiformis  Recorded in Australia

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