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Entoloma perzonatum

Entoloma perzonatum
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 21:50
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Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Entoloma perzonatum is an endemic New Zealand fungi, closely related to the bright blue Entoloma hochstetteri that I have posted on several occassions.
While this is sometimes described as a forest fungi, I have found more growing on grass verges and lawns that in the forest.
This is because the patterns are much more visible in fungi that grow in sunlight. The forest specimens are usually an even tan/brown colour with only faintly distinguishable rings.

Here is some information from Clive Shirleys site, Hidden Forest:
Species: Entoloma perzonatum Horak

Common Name: None
Found: Lowland podocarp-broadleaved forest
Substrate: Ground
Spores: Pink
Height: 120 mm
Width: 80 mm
Season: Autumn
Edible: No

However .... If you are well versed in Latin, and want a little more detailed information, here is an extract from the article on E.perzonatum taken from the NZ Landcare Research website:

Entoloma perzonatum E. Horak
Article: Horak, E. (1973). Fungi Agaricini Novazelandiae I-V. Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia 43: 200 p.
Article type: Protologue (NZ)
Description: Pileus 20-35 mm diam., persistently conical, always with sharp papilla, dark brown, fading to beige, conspicuously zonate, lighter and darker zones alternating, strongly fibrillose, dry, hygrophanous, estriate. Lamellae free or adnexed, at first dark beige turning pink-brown, gill edge concolorous, even or scalloped, densely crowded. Stipe 50-75 x 2-4 mm, cylindrical, concolorous or lighter than the pileus, strongly fibrillose, dry, hollow, very brittle. Odor and taste not distinctive.
Spores 9.5-11 x 7-8 µm, 6-angled. Basidia 35-45 x 12-13µm, 4-spored. Cystidia none. Cuticle a cutis of repent or suberect, short cylindrical hyphae (6-20 µm diam.), membrane thin-walled, hyaline, with brown plasmatic or vacuolar pigment. Clamp connections absent.
Latin protologue: Pileo 20-35 mm lato, persistenter conico, obscure brunneo, concentrice zonato, fibrilloso, sicco, hygrophano. Lamellae ex adnato liberis, argillaceis dein brunneo-roseis, acie integra instructis. Stipite 50-75 x 2-4 mm, cylindraceo, brunneolo, dense fibrilloso, sicco, fistuloso, fragili Odore saporeque nullo. Sporis 9.5-11 x 7-8 µm, 6-angulatis. Basidiis 4-sporigeris. Cystidiis nullis. Epicute ex hyphis cylindraceis cutem formantibus, pigmento brunneo et plasmatico instructis. Septis defibulatis. In pratis, locis apricis. Novazelandia.
Type: holotype (PDD 27035): 'Te Anau, N.Z.; leg. Horak, 3.IV.1969'.
Habitat: Between grasses in riverbeds, paddocks, etc. New Zealand.
Notes: This species is characterised by its conical pileus and the conspicuous concentric zones which remain also visible in dried material.

I hope you like these pretty little New Zealand toadstools.
Thanks for looking.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-10 22:18]

Hi Steve,
Wonderful shot of this fascinating mushrooms and I like the layered form. Very impressive sharpness and colours with great light management. Superb natural setting and the OOF mushroom portrays fine depth here. Excellent low POV and composition.

Hi Steve
Amazing little fungus - reminds me of a tribal hut or something similar! You've captured it well, excellent focus, detail and DOF.

Hello Steve,

Fantastic photo of this interesting mushroom.
Excellent detail with good focus.
Lighting and sharpness are splendid.

Hello Steve -
I really like the dof on this one, and the texture on the toadstool is such that I want to reach out and touch it! Part of me would prefer to see a few less shadows, but then doing that would remove some of the moodiness of the photo. I like it much.
Cheers - Penny

Ciao Steve, lovely fungi with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi Steve,
inusual form and color of this endemic New Zealand fungi,nice details and interesting note
thanks for sharing

best sERGIO

hi Steve,

strange fungi, I have never seen these specie.
Great detail and that with the hard light you had here.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 13:16]

Hi Steve,
a very well composed image of this amazing mushroom.
The patterns on it are incredible!
Very good sharpness.
I think the mushroom in the BG adds a lot to the shot.

Well done,

Hi Steve!
What I like the most in this presentation is very interesting composition! Only 2 mushrooms but presented in great way! And moreover, these fungi are so original in colouration! They look like paited by you, not made by nature!
Bravo for the idea and final effect!

Hi Steve again,
Excellent shot of very interesting and unique fungi. Again a treasure, this time the Zebra Toadstool from the fabolous NZ mycobyota. Bravo.
Although there are lots of Entoloma species here in Europe, too, they aren't so spectacular as Yours, as it seems like. Congrats and tfs.
Best wishes, László

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