This little gem was found just off the Mill Creek walking track in the Dharug National Park near Wiseman’s Ferry, north of Sydney, Australia.

It was hiding behind a slab of bark, so I needed to do a bit of cleaning up on this one.

I have no idea of what it is. This is the only time I have seen it anywhere. This was taken a few years ago, but from memory it was about 20cms wide.
I liked the flower like shape so called it Fungi flower.

Possibly a Pleurotus nidiformis.

It reminds me of this flower

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelabout 3 years ago

    Very cool! Great capture. Love the texture and focus.

  • Thank you.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    I can see why you gave it that title.

    It’s a beauty, isn’t it. I love coming across things like this.

    Great find! Great shot.

  • Thanks a lot Donna. This find was a real thrill. I love the fact that I am continually finding new amazing & beautiful things in nature.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 3 years ago

    Very twisted and unusual. Nice find Michael.

  • Thanks Mike. Twisted & unusual can be beautiful!

    – Michael Matthews

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    “Twisted and unusual can be beautiful…” :D Love that! And absolutely! :)

    And I so understand the thrill you mention above. I love those moments when you come across something you’ve not seen before. :) xxx

  • Now that has reminded me of a cd I have called ‘Strange & Beautiful’. It’s playing now. I love those discoveries on my bushwalks.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    Nice One Michael ..This one is really fascinating – would love to know the name !!

  • Thanks Gail. I’m sure it will be identified soon.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    I’m wanting to say this is an lovely cluster of Oyster mushrooms that have been snacked apon (the gills look a bit rough)…….OR could be a variety of Paxillus (some HAVE a rough gill edge).

  • Thanks for the info Carla. I’ll keep researching those two.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoabout 3 years ago

    I don’t know what is that but sure looks delicious mate

  • You bite first & tell me if it’s poisonous or not Felix. I had to knock a few chocolate chips off this one.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 3 years ago

    What a great find Michael, and such a terrific shot! Love the detail and texture. I agree, it is not unlike that little Iris flower. Well spotted by you!!

  • Thanks Sharon. Even the experts aren’t sure what it is. Maybe a new species !?
    I was a bit lucky to see it. I went down off the track to look at something &spotted it mostly hidden under a piece of bark.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 3 years ago

    that’s very special! I never stop discovering new species with RB. nicely done!

  • Thanks Manon. Just another good reason to go walking in the forests. Love it !

    – Michael Matthews

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