This day we drove to Rimutaka Forest Park, where we were greeted by a forest of hard beech (Nothofagus truncata). The introduced scarlet flycap (Amanita muscaria) was common by the edge of the track, some with quite large fruiting bodies. Other common species on the forest floor were the common basket stinkhorn (Ileodictyon cibarium) and crimson helmet (Mycena ura). Common fungi on wood included Fomes hemitephrus and a Laetiporus.
A new species of Russula was found. We found Cortinarius ophryx, a rare species that had only been recorded several times before in the South Island, and I found a seldom-collected species, Hygrophorus umbriceps.
Friday 15 May, Otaki Forks
The last day of foraying was a bit of a disaster day for us. We traveled north again, to Otaki Forks, an area of regenerating lowland to low montane scrub and podocarp/broadleaved forest. It began to rain as we started our foray and got heavier and heavier. Not much was found. Fungal finds of note included Cortinarius rotundisporus, Galerina patagonica, Insiticia roseoflava, Leratiomyces erythrocephalus, Podoserpula petaloides subsp. floriformis, and several fruiting bodies of Crepidotus praecipuus). We cut the foray short and made our way back to the vehicle.
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