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Macrolepiota clelandii

Macrolepiota clelandii
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 f3.5-5.6 DC, Digital ISO-400
Exposure: f/22, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-28 1:07
Viewed: 5110
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While camping at Newnes in May I found a small selection of fungi and I will present a few over the next week.
This is Macrolepiota clelandii from the family Lepiotaceae. The cap ranges from 50-100mm and the stem can be up to 150mm. They are usually found as either solitary or small groups in open woodland mainly in eastern Australia on the eastern and southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. They vaguely resemble M. konradii from Europe though the toxicity of the Australian species is unknown, though Clive’s excellent New Zealand site The Hidden Forest, suggests that they are edible.

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Hi Chris,
Good to see you here on TN still, and still phinding phungi I see.
This is a nice 'environmental portrait' of this Macrolepiota.
Can't be too many places in Oz damp enough for fungi.
nice sharpness and compo on this one.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-28 4:07]

Hello Chris,
very lively fungi captured with the surroundings intact. i like the sharpness of the cap with details on it. like sesame on the burger bread.
The pattern formed by the criss crossing of the grass too is graphical. The fern gives a nice surrounding to look at.
I like the of centred composition here.
nicely presented in good clarity.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-28 5:00]

Hello Chris,
I always like this kind of natural shot showing a small corner of nature with all kinds of plants. Well presented decentred composition too. A bautiful Parasol-fungi.
Kind regards

Hi Chris,

A new species to me - and quite a young one: was only discovered in 1997. :) It's a closed relative of the worldwide well-known Macrolepiota procera (Scop.) Singer, and within the genus it belongs to the section Macrolepiota also, so probably it's edible. Only a handful of people now there are some toxic species also in the genus like Macrolepiota neomastoidea (Hongo) Hongo for example and a few from the very closed and macroscopically very similar Chlorophyllum genus also.

Beautiful photo with great composition, nice playing with lights and shadows + excellent exposure control. Bravo MF. Also congrats for uploading the debut image of the species on TN. I'm waiting for more of Your fungi images, because I always learn from each.

Tfs, friendly regards, László

A very nice shot of this beautiful mushroom, Chris! Another possible look-alike is the highly toxic Chlorophyllum molybdites that is spreading from North America and has been found in Australia, looks VERY similar to some of the big, edible Macrolepiotas.


Hello Chris
Excellent result under poor light ! avery good compo with the fungi's environment

Good morning Chris,

Good POV to capture this one, it stands out well against the relatively bussy BG. Nice exposure and sharpness too.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Hi, Chris,
I like the composition which you grasp the spirit of the forest.

High Chris, I missed this one.
Where I live, this Macrolepiotas is the most consumed mushroom, as it "looks" easy to recognize, it is abundant, and inexperienced people pick all of them. But here grow also several species, some of them toxic, and that can be easily mistaken even by experienced people, depending in the growing place, weather conditions, etc.
Macrolepiotas can't bee too toxic, as nobody seems to get too intoxicated... try picking all Amanitas you find around and eat them :)
It is also very important the substrate, I have been reading that in some places M.procera is over the maximum lead and cadmium allowed for commercial mushrooms, so considered toxic.
Here I have seen people eating M.rachodes frecuently with no aparent problems... I preffer not to try.
I look forward for next captures of Newnes.
Regards, Felipe.

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