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Entoloma hochstetteri

Entoloma hochstetteri
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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: 2009-03-23
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-24 3:48
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Entoloma hochstetteri
Sky-blue mushroom
Blue pink-gill

Yesterday I had a good day hunting fungi on the plateau above the Arnold River hydro-power station.
There were lots of these blue Entoloma around,so I had plenty of subjects to choose from.
I particularly liked these two,which were considerably larger than any I'd seen before.
I hope you like them too.

Here is some more information about the species ....

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Entolomataceae
Genus: Entoloma
Species: Entoloma hochstetteri

Description: Pileus 15-50 mm diam., conical to sharply umbonate, edge inturned (even in aged carpophores), light blue turning greenish blue and finally ochraceous coloured near the apex, hygrophanous, striate towards the margin, dry, appressed fibrillose. Lamellae adnexed or subfree, bluish when young, becoming bluish-reddish brown to pink brown, moderately crowded, gill edge concolorous, even or irregularly scalloped. Stipe 50-100(-150) x 3-5 mm, cylindrical, equal or attenuated upwards, concolorous with pileus, fading to brownish, whitish at the base, dry, fistulose, fragile, fibrillose, frequently twisted. Context bluish or bluish-greenish (especially at the base). Odor and taste indistinct. Chem. reactions: on pileus: KOH - light reddish-brown; HCl yellowish; NH3- negative.
Spore print purplish or deep red-brown. Spores 11-15 x 11-14 µm, cuboid. basidia 40-60 x 15-20 µm, 4-spored. Cheilocystidia 40-60 x 8-14 µm, fusoid, with long tapering and apically rounded neck, membrane thin-walled. pleurocystidia none. Cuticle a cutis composed of repent or slightly suberect, cylindrical hyphae (5-13 µm diam.), terminal cells rounded, membrane thinwalled, with indistinct plasmatic pigment.
Clamp connections present.
Habitat: Among litter and moss on soil particularly in broad-leaved forests and Podocarpus-forests, rarely occurring in Nothofagus-bush. New Zealand.
Notes: This fungus is common in the lowland-forests of New Zealand, especially on the western side of the three islands.

Once again,thanks for looking,and for any comments.

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I realy love those blue moshrooms, Steve, the colour is so unreal - remembers me a little to an old fairy-tail-book I had when I were a child. There were also many colourful funghis inside ;-)
Excellent shot, pretty motive, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-24 4:32]

I can't stop admiring this mushroom and its blue colour. Excellent portrait of it, sharp with fine lighting and composition. I especially like the ligting on the stems.
A favourite!
Thanks and cheers Steve!

Hi Steve,
Nicely composed shot with the natural darker background creating a dramatic effect on the entoloma.Nice detail and sharpness.Well done and TFS.

Hi Steve,
Wonderful and eye-catching specie as always, good photo of You as always. :) Sometimes our Entoloma nitidum has almost such blue in the cap, but not so strong as this specie does. Simple yet great, and the lights make the pic quite artistic. Bravo, MF.
Cheers, László

Wow, these mushrooms are really eye-catching, Steve!
Their sky-blue colour is really enticing.
You have captured them very well despite the challenging light conditions in a wooded area, I presume.
Veery well done and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-24 6:07]

hello Steve,
Again such striking blue fungis. They are really something special. Pleasant duo, leaning one against the other.
Very fine picture with good sharpness and excellent composition.
Thanks also for ID. I had a look on internet to know who was this Hochstetter, because it seemed to be a German name.
Best regards

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of these beautiful blue mushrooms. Excellent composition with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-24 7:12]

beautiful pair, lovely colors, excellent image. tfs.

hello Steve
beautiful colours
great composition
i like this picture
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-24 12:11]

Hello Steve,
Again a wonderful photo of these mushrooms in splendid light. The colours are very special. Good sharpness and composition. The environment is gorgeous.

Hello Steve, wonderful macro shot of these bluish mushrooms with nice colours and details.
TFS and regards,

Hi Steve, another fine macro of these bluish fungi with fine POV and details.
TFS and cheers,

If colours of fungi were a main quality of photo..then you would win hands down. Your gallery of unusual 'Shrooms is remarkable...and in more than one way. I have seen video of you doing unusual moves in the ocean in craft and board and I have seen images of mushrooms..and I have heard stories that would make a kid pray that he grows up right...and in between all of this...you somehow end up a remarkable man of all learning and fields...kid of what we call "street smart" but one has to convert that to New Zealand now..as you did when you moved...

Oh yes...fine image..:-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-24 21:05]

Hi Steve,

I have never seen a blue mushroom!! The color is lovely and looks wonderful against the dark green leaves. Nice details of these strange looking fungi. I only saw two plain looking ones when I was in NZ - but I was in all the wrong places.


Hi Steve,

nice shot from this blue fungi.
You are showing me a fungi that I never been seen in real life.
Good composion and beautiful colours.


Ps, have you already a new amera?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-25 7:39]

Wow, I see blue fungi, again! I must change my pills :-) Another unique picture and subject, Steve! Most of all I like shadows and lightplay here - spots of bright light mixed with dark areas. Good hunt!

Hi Steve
So Wonderful the bluish mushrooms with nice colors. Excellent composition with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Steve
I like your mushroom shots. this is also great. this species also very beautiful with bluish colors. you great presented it, with great focus, POV, composition and colors. notes alwasy good and informative. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Steve,

Beautiful clear blue colour of these mushrooms. As always I like your compo. The complete enviroment is visible. The mushrooms are razorsharp. POV, DOF and BG are very good.
Thanks for sharing. Nice weekend and TFS BOB

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