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, 27 May 2017.


Some Mt Cordeaux Fungi
Podoscypha petalodes

Podoscypha petalodes (© Jon Atkinson)

Hygrocybe pseudograminicolor

Hygrocybe pseudograminicolor (© Jon Atkinson)

Scutellinia scutellata

Scutellinia scutellata (© Susie Webster)