Cyttaria gunnii

Cyttaria gunnii
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Cyttaria gunnii
Seen here is one Cyttaria gunnii of a large number we found dropped in the Mangorewa Gorge between Tauranga and Rotorua. These are particularly unusual in the fungi family for several reasons. They fruit in late spring to early summer, the are parasitic and grow only on living Nothofagus cunninghamii or Myrtle Beech trees, they grow up off the ground and drop like a fruit when ripe. They are edible although I haven't been game to try them as yet. I prefer to photograph them.
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New Zealand
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