Today while going for a walk I noticed a orange dot in the corner of my vision. As I brought my full attention to the orange dot I realised it was in fact, a mushroom. This mushroom was found lying between a rotting eucalypt and a live one.
Amanita Xanthocephala colonizes the host plants' roots extracellularly, by doing this it provides Amanita xanthocephala with a relatively constant and direct access to carbohydrates that the plant produces. The carbohydrates are translocated from their source (Photosynthesis) to root tissue and on to Amanita xanthocephala. In return, the plant gains the benefits of the mycelium's higher absorptive capacity for water and mineral nutrients (Because mycelium has a huge surface area), thus improving the plant's mineral absorption capabilities.
Amanita xanthocephala lives in an ectomycorrhizal relationship with Eucalyptus.
It amazes me how something so bright and orange can come out of black soil.