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bracket fungus
Fruiting body of a bracket fungus
Photographer - John Broomfield
Source - Museum Victoria

This bracket fungus is one of the many decomposers of the forest- fungi and animals which break down the dead materials and convert them into by products which enhance the soil fertility.

Only the fruiting body of this bracket fungus is visible above the surface of the dead tree trunk.

It will release millions of microscopic spores into the air while a network of hyphae (root-like filaments) penetrate deep into the wood to extract nutrients and 'rot' the wood.

Australia has an estimated 250,000 species of fungi, only 5% of which is formally identified.

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