Fantastic fungus

Yesterday we and friends walked our dogs at the Maupuia Walkway (Old Prison Road) (I’ll add an active link once I have some photo permissions). It’s on the Miramar Peninsula.

At the top of the hill is a reservoir and we later went on up there for a look. It’s worth a visit, with some great views.

But as we walked back to the car one of the group spotted these beautiful delicate fungi in the grass beside the road. I whipped out my iPhone, and was able to capture some pleasing photos.

When I came home I searched mightily but couldn’t discover the name of this beauty, although I did find out New Zealand has around 20,000 species of fungus.

The largest specimen had a stalk around the same height as my iPhone 4S. All the fungi were in amongst a normal mix of grass and clover.

If you have any idea what they are, I’d love to know. Meanwhile, just enjoy.

I know the first photo is totally out of focus, but I like it anyway. :-) It shows how the top folds up, while the second photo shows how it folded right over into a sort of parcel.

One belated thought: maybe it’s a flower, not a fungus?

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

Unknown fungus.

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