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Calostoma rodwayii

Calostoma rodwayii
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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: 2009-03-20
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-04 7:24
Viewed: 5264
Points: 14
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Hot Lips Puffball
Calostoma Rodwayii

Genus: Calostoma
Species: Calostoma rodwayii Lloyd
Common Name: Hot Lips Puffball
Found: Nothofagus Forest
Substrate: Ground
Spore: White
Height: 40 mm above ground
Width: 25 mm
Season: Autumn
Edible: No

This unusual looking puffball can be found growing from mossy banks and from the ground during autumn in beech forests throughout the southern part of New Zealand.
The fruiting body is about 20mm in diameter,brown and dotted with warts and the short stem is made up of twisted seaweed like strands.
Initially the fruiting body is covered by a scurfy layer which eventually falls away to reveal a pair of red lips.The spores of this fungus are forced out between the lips rather than being puffed into the air as with most puffballs.

I found this one growing from a mossy bank on the Coal Creek walkway at Runanga.
It was incredibly difficult to photograph.
Even on a mini tripod,in good light,my cameras sensors just would not pick up those reddish brown tones,focussing instead on the bright green mosses all around.I'd say it would have taken me over an hour to get this shot.There were dozens of blurry ones!

Hope you like it despite the shallow DOF.
Thanks for looking.

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Hi Steve,
Looks familiar, he-he... You know what I'm talking about and thanks for Your kindness, thanx for teaching a lot of things about the NZ fungi to me. Nice close-up, great DOF and perfect natural colors. Not to mention a unique specie, which, or at least any similar, doesn't live in Europe at all. Tfs, also the interesting and informative note. Almost an hour of shooting... but this pic was worth waiting for. Cheers, László

Oh-oh..."pointing the bone"....in it's mystic the phrase from Oz aboriginal came to me...but it does one more have this....lets call it quality for an G rating:-)

Hello Steve,
despite the shallow DOF it's a good picture with fine natural colours. Even the surrounding is very nice, the moss is beautiful.
Well done, mf.

The spring is here even if there is some snow left, +18C right.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-04 10:17]

Hola Steve.
Nice to see You again here. Great Macro, lovley colors and well framed image. I also like the note.

hello Steve
wath a beauty
i see fungi's that i have never seen before
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of this beautiful mushroom. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Steeve
A very good presentation in spite of difficult conditions
The DOF is good enough to show the details of the head of this strange fungi

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