I’m always very interested in making artworks that take into consideration biodiversity and why it’s important – so rather than just painting one fungi species, I look to include other parts of the environment they belong to. I was particularly interested in looking at relationships between fungi and Australian fauna for this series. I came across a paper that recorded King Parrots eating Beech Orange fungi, so thought it would be a great subject to paint about.
I got in touch with the author Todd Elliott and asked if it would be ok to use his natural history note as inspiration for the artwork – I was so stoked when he replied and said yes!
So Cyttaria septentrionalis or Beech Orange can be found primarily in QLD and Northern NSW, growing on their host tree – Nothofagus moorei (Antarctic Beech). Below is a link to an article about the paper, and then the paper itself:
And some more helpful links on Cyttaria septentrionalis:
It’s also worth noting this species looks very similar to the more commonly known Cyttaria gunnii.