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Seeking sightings of Tea-tree Fingers

Tea-tree Fingers Tom May

 Tea-tree Fingers on branch (Tom May CC-SA_NC)

New site found 2017

Keep your eyes open! This year, Tea-tree fingers has been spotted at a new site - and on a new host - Burgan (Kunzea ericoides). We are keen to do surveys to understand current populations and hope to discover why more are fruiting this year.

Help save Tea-tree Fingers

Tea-tree Fingers (Hypocreopsis amplectens) is the only macrofungus listed under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. However, as yet, no action plan for this species' survival and recovery has been developed.

Recent surveys by Fungimap and the community suggest that in the last decade it has disappeared from two of the three known locations on the Mornington Peninsula and Coastal Gippsland.

We are asking local people to keep their eyes open for this threatened species and contact Fungimap if they find it. There are concerns that it may have become critically endangered, therefore we are keen to locate any surviving populations.

Please help find Tea-tree Fingers

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Tea-Tree fingers (TTF) fruit bodies are about the size of a 50¢ coin (~2-5 cm) and clasp small branches. Fungimap has created an identification booklet and survey forms to help gather data about TTF.

This booklet is designed to help you recognise TTF and record information about this rare fungus. We hope to find out about new populations which could be present on public or private areas of bushland.  Download booklet here (Note this is 220 dpi resolution so is 3.5 MB).

Known Victorian populations have been found in long-unburnt heathy woodlands and Tea-tree thickets on the Mornington Peninsula and Coastal Gippsland. TTF has been found in other vegetation types including forests with southern beeches (Nothofagus) in New Zealand and New South Wales.

Tea-tree Fingers only fruits on some of the available woody substrates, mainly standing dead wood (stags) and branches. These are usually about 2-5 cm thick and about 1 m long. Typically it favours wood that is dead but not yet lying on the ground.

Species of Hypocreopsis are unusual, because they live on other species of fungi (they are 'fungicolous'). They are probably parasites - of fruit bodies or the mycelium, possibly both. As yet we know very little about how our species TTF (Hypocreopsis amplectens) lives, which is why your observations are so important.

TTF lives on  wood-rotting fungi. The main host is thought to be a species of Hymenochaete, which emerges as flat brown patches on the under surface of fallen logs and branches.

Get to know what Tea-Tree fingers looks like and keep your eyes open wherever you go!

Spotted it? Let us know!

We have drawn up threatened species survey forms and examples to show how they should be filled in. We would also welcome any extra information you can send us. For conservation efforts it is not only important to know where species are when but we also need to know when people have looked for TTF and have NOT found it.

Download Survey Forms or Example forms.

If you would prefer to submit your observations as a “chatty” email rather than as forms email us Fungimap (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please take care

Please do NOT collect Tea-tree Fingers or the likely host fungus Hymenochaete species. At this point, we have not learned enough about the biology to know if collecting is detrimental to populations.

Also please take care moving through the bush. Be aware of this species’ substrate requirements and avoid trampling dead wood onto the ground.

Please be aware that locations where Tea-tree Fingers could be found may have high conservation value. In order to prevent the spread of weeds and pathogens, good hygiene is essential. Before carrying out any searches, please make sure to clean any equipment, including footwear. Ideally Phytoclean or methylated spirits should also be used to clean boots and equipment between any sites you visit.

Good luck fungi hunting. If you have any questions contact Fungimap (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Help save Tea-tree Fingers by donating

 To donate once off, either send a cheque to "Fungimap Inc" at c/o Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne,  Private Bag 2000,  South Yarra VIC 3141,  or click on the paypal button to donate on left via credit card or bank transfer using Paypal (you do not have to have or register for a PayPal account). Donations are normally acknowledged in the Fungimap newsletter, so please let us know if you would prefer to be anonymous. Tax deductibel donations to the Austral Fungi Fund support Fungimap's objectives of increasing knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi.

Sponsor a species


Fungimap is excited to announce 'sponsor a species': your opportunity to be a part of Australian fungal history!

Fungimappers are busy working towards publishing a second edition of Fungimap's highly successful field guide to Australian fungi, Fungi Down Under. This project involves hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer time to identify and record the species, convert this data into maps, describe the species, source the images and manage the project, etc. We're offering Fungimappers the opportunity to donate to the Austral Fungi Fund which will help us publish the book.

Species are avialable for sponsorship, these are from the first edition of Fungi Down Under and an additional 100 species that will be published in Fungi Down Under 2. Many of these species can be seen on our online field guide.

Your donation as part of Sponsor a species supports the Austral Fungi Fund. The AFF supports the work of Fungimap in advancing knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi, such as through publication of field guides, organising training workshops and preparing submissions that assist public policy development. Fungimap will be pleased to acknowledge your donation in the following ways:

• Acknowledgement of your donation in the print and, if relevant, e-book editions of Fungi Down Under 2. Your donation will also be acknowledged in the Fungi Down Under Online Field Guide, and in the Fungimap Newsletter.

• An A4 certificate of appreciation, and also a proof of the A5 page of the species that has been sponsored once the hard copy book is printed (expected to be in 2018).

• A tax invoice detailing your tax deductible contribution to the Austral Fungi Fund.

Please note only individuals and not-for-profit groups are eligible for their Sponsor a Species donation to be tax-deductible. Businesses can still Sponsor a Species, but the donation would not be tax deductible.

For all questions, please contact us.

Many of the species are avialable for sponsorship through our online shop. A list of all the currently available species are listed below, please contact us directly if a species is not yet in the shop and we hope to announce the final 55 species in October 2017 ready for the festive season!:

AGARICS Amanita arenaria [=Torrendia arenaria] CUPS & DISCS Aleuria rhenana
AGARICS Amanita austroviridis group CUPS & DISCS Aleurina ferruginea [=Jafneadelphus ferrugineus]
AGARICS Asterophora mirabilis CUPS & DISCS Scutellinia scutellata group
AGARICS Cantharellus concinnus JELLIES Heterotextus peziziformis group [including Heterotextus miltinus]
AGARICS Cortinarius austroalbidus LASCHIOIDS Favolaschia calocera
AGARICS Cortinarius sublargus LICHENS Badimiella pteridophila [=Badimiella serusiauxii]
AGARICS Hypholoma brunneum LICHENS Xanthoparmelia semiviridis [=Chondropsis semiviridis]
AGARICS Pleurotus australis PINS Chlorovibrissea bicolor
AGARICS Roridomyces (Mycena) austrororida PINS Vibrissea dura
AGARICS Simocybe phlebophora POLYPORES Aurantiporus pulcherrimus [=Tyromyces pulcherrimus]
BIRD’S NESTS Sphaerobolus stellatus POLYPORES Laetiporus portentosus [=Piptoporus portentosus]
CHANTERELLES Helvella chinensis POLYPORES Neolentiporus maculatissimus
CLUBS Underwoodia beatonii SLIME MOULDS Fuligo septica
CORALS Clavaria amoena [=Clavulinopsis amoena] SMOOTH or WRINKLED FUNGI Cotylidia undulata
CRUSTS, CUSHIONS, BALLS AND FLASKS Hypoxylon howeianum    
CRUSTS, CUSHIONS, BALLS AND FLASKS Neobarya agaricicola [=Barya agaricicola]    

Online Field Guide is back!

After a long absence, the Fungimap Online Field Guide to all of the current target fungi species is now back online. 

Click here to go the Online Field Guide.

There are still some species where we either do not have a good photograph of the taxa, or for which we do not have appropriate Creative Commons copyright licensing to use the photo online, but we will be aiming to ensure that every species has at least one representative photo over the coming months. If you have a photo which you would like to contribute, you can email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to assign Creative Commons Attribute-Share-Alike status to any images you submit to us so that we can post them online.

Thanks for all of your cooperation and assistance and I hope you find this a useful resource.


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