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Laetiporus portentosus

White Punk at Dampier State Forest

Laetiporus portentosus at Dampier State Forest - 21 May 2020

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We saw 4 or 5 different occurrences on the Belowra road. All were about 15 metres up on singed but living Eucalypt trunks. estimate diameter 150-200 mm


Pam wrote:
   22 May 2020
Looks like it might be a Laetiporus portentosus that's been smoked by the fires!!
Pam wrote:
   22 May 2020
I've suggested this becuase of the shape is more like this species being flat on the under side and the swollen bit on the top of the cap. Whereas the Piptoporus tends to be flatter on the top.
   22 May 2020
Hi Pam, Yeah the bell-like shape of the top one is very like a Piptoporus photo I have which is definitely correctly ID'd. I doubt they were there pre-fire as it was a very intense fire that would have consumed them, so they must have emerged since the fire, which was nearly 5 months ago now. Can't be sure some of the others we saw weren't Laetiporus though. They were all up pretty high. I can say now that after driving through this area I have a better feel for the extent and impact of the fires down here (not all that noticeable around our place). Jackie
Pam wrote:
   23 May 2020
Jackie your experience and local knowledge would best be followed. So I'm OK with you confirming this species.
   25 May 2020
Whoa, the pressure. But as they are both common and widespread species, it's no biggy if I am wrong. Max says he'll take his new camera next time we head out bush so he can get better close-ups from a long way off. It's a bit bulky for humping around everywhere though.
Pam wrote:
   26 May 2020
No pressure it's all part of capacity building, it's just that there's a few risks involved as you extend your knowledge. The thing is with this species is if you can get a bit of it there is a smell of curry about it. Always exciting, for some anyway, when you can smell that! How's the new camera going?
   26 May 2020
Yep, I knew that about the smell, but these ones were well out of reach! Max seems pretty happy with the camera, and that's all I know about it. He's the gear freak. I'm more the point and shoot type.
   2 Jun 2020
hi pam, got another look at these fungi out on bourkes road, (see my more recent post ..... Fungus Laetiporus portentosus (White Punk) on 1 Jun 2020 ..... for further details) but accessible this time and white flesh with no curry smell. i think your original suggestion was right, though they are pretty definitely post fire emergence. here is a sighting from canberra nature map to support my latest suggestion: ..... ..... the species information given at canberra nature map is well worth a read: .... ................................................... cheers, max.
Pam wrote:
   2 Jun 2020
Thanks for the links Max.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 20 May 2020 Recorded on
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