Violet pouch fungus / Cortinarius porphyroideus. Gillespie Pass Track, Young River, Mount Aspiring NP, New Zealand.
The violet pouch fungus (Cortinarius porphyroideus) is a truffle-like fungus found in the leaf litter of beech forests. Its spore-producing tissue is enclosed within its purple cap. Spores are released when the cap begins to disintegrate, or when insects and other small animals eat the tissue within the cap. Commonly known as purple pouch fungus, it is a secotioid species of fungus found in Australia and in beech forests of New Zealand. Photographed on the Young River Track on the Gillespie Pass Circuit in Mount Aspiring National Park, Southern Alps, Otago region, South Island of New Zealand.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download