NZ fungi found at Canopy Tours

by | Nov 27, 2021 | Conservation, Rotorua Canopy Tours

Rotorua Canopy Tours takes you deep into the native forest where there are many different forms and species of NZ fungi. Find them in-between trees, plants and on the canopy floor. There are so many amazing and different looking shapes colours and sizes.

Here are some of the NZ fungi that can be found in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve while on a zipline forest adventure:

  1. Blue Mushroom
  2. Stink Horn Fungus
  3. Icicle Fungi
  4. Purple Coral Fungi
  5. Honey Fungus

1. Blue Mushroom (Entoloma hochstetteri or Werewere Kokako)

The blue mushroom is native to New Zealand and you may recognise it from our $50 note. It is featured with the kokako that has blue wattles and apparently they are blue from the bird rubbing on the blue mushrooms. The blue mushroom is commonly found in moss or on the canopy floor and it is still not known if this NZ fungi is poisonous or not.

NZ fungi blue mushroom
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Photo: The blue mushroom which can easily be spotted on a Canopy Tour.

2. Stink Horn Fungus

The stinkhorn is a very interesting type of NZ fungi as the fruiting body emerges from the ground as an egg like structure. At some stage in development the stinkhorn is covered with a foul smelling slime which can be smelt from a few meters away. They can be very different in their appearances but they all share these two distinct features.

3. Icicle Fungi

This type of NZ fungi is white and fleshy and grows on dead or dying wood. The fruiting body resembles icicle-like spines. This fungi is edible and apparently when it is cooked it is delicious and tastes like lobster. It is a very common native forest fungi in Rotorua so keep an eye out for them.

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Photo: The edible icile fungi 

4. Purple Coral Fungi (Clavaria Zollingeri)

This purple coral fungi is a rare species and was only found in our forest last year. The fruit bodies can grow up to 10cm tall and are violet but become dull grey/brown when they are old. Look out for it on your Cannopy Tour – it will typically be found growing on the ground in the woodland litter.

Clavaria zollingeri
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Photo: Try and spot the Purple Coral Fungi on your Rotorua Canopy Tour!

4. Honey Fungus

This is the common name given to several different species of fungi that attack and kill the roots of many woody and enduring plants. The most common characteristic of honey fungus is white fungal growth between the bark and wood at ground level. Sometimes in Autumn clumps of honey coloured toadstools appear on infected stumps. These are amazing due to how many appear in our forest!

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