Mt Cordeaux

 
Piping the Fungi

Piping the Fungi, a QMS member having fun on a foray at Mt Cordeaux.

Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell straddle Cunningham’s Gap, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

The rainforest grows on a landscape of horizontal lava flows, mainly basalt. The abundance of trees, vines, decaying logs and various substrates, and the rainfall, mists and cooler temperatures produce a great variety of fungi.

QMS Site

We start our forays at the car park, altitude 763 m ASL, go past the cairn commemorating explorer Alan Cunningham, some fine Araucaria cunninghamii – hoop pines, and along the summit track for about a kilometre.

Find information on national parks, forests at the Queensland Government’s Experience Parks web site.

A comprehensive list of plants, including fungi is available from Wildlife Online.

The Geological Society of Australia – Queensland Division gives interesting notes on the rocks and landscapes of Main Range.

Foray dates: 6 October 2007, 25 October 2008, 13 March 2010, 30 April 2011, 26 May 2012, 16 February 2013, 28 May 2016.

 

Some Mt Cordeaux Fungi
Podoscypha petalodes

Podoscypha petalodes (© Jon Atkinson)

Hygrocybe pseudograminicolor

Hygrocybe pseudograminicolor (© Jon Atkinson)

Scutellinia scutellata

Scutellinia scutellata (© Suzie Webster)