Classical Decomposers

They also compose

Coral fungus, Lake Barrine NP, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott

They seem to come out of nowhere. In higher latitudes, fungi appear in autumn, following the rain and cooling temperatures. In the tropics, they pop up at any time — sprouting from fallen timber, pushing through soil, dotting the landscape as brackets and baskets, fingers and parasols, and strange forms that unwrap and unwind and live for a day like mushroom mayflies.