Jerry Cooper, June 2012
During the 2011 Taupo foray I made a brief excursion to the Rangitaiki Reserve off the Napier road. The reserve is a good example of an old tephra plain, or frost-flat, and of national significance as a historically rare ecosystem. These ecosystems were identified as the result of research involving ecologists, botanists and entomologists, but no input from mycologists! So, are there fungi in such places and are they characteristic of these ecosystems?
I spent about an hour and collected thirteen fruitbodies in the frost-flat reserve. Here’s some notes on my observations.