Tea-tree Fingers (TTF or Hypocreopsis amplectens) is the only macrofungus listed under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. However, as yet, no action plan for this species' survival and recovery has been developed.
Recent surveys by Fungimap and the local community suggest that in the last decade it has disappeared from two of the three known locations on the Mornington Peninsula and Coastal Gippsland.
We are asking local people to keep their eyes open for this threatened species and contact Fungimap if they find it. There are concerns that it may have become critically endangered, therefore we are keen to locate any surviving populations.
For more information go to 'Help save Tea-tree Fingers'
Tea-tree Fingers on branch (Tom May (CC-SA_NC)
If you have seen interesting fungi in your neighborhood or backyard, submit the details and/or a photograph of the fungus here.
You will be contributing to the National Australian Fungimap Database - an important and unique collection of information about Australia's fungi - and facilitating research by professionals and citizen scientists alike.
And, because so little is known about Australian fungi you could even be helping to document and describe a species that is new to science!