Omphalotus nidiformisCommon name: Ghost Fungus

Meaning of name: Omphalotus is from the Greek word omphalos, meaning navel. Nidiformis is from the Latin word nidus, meaning nest and forma, meaning form or shape.

Distribution: It has been found in southwestern and southeastern Australia, including Tasmania.

Description: This species has fans up to 150mm in diameter and has the ability to glow in the dark. It grows on or around dead and living trees and stumps. It is a decomposer species of fungi. This species causes vomiting if eaten.

References: Identification courtesy of Margaret Langley.

Fungi of the Perth Region and Beyond. Neale L Bougher. http://www.bushlandperth.org.au/activities/perth-fungi-project

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphalotus_nidiformis

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphalotus