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Fungi on my wood chip pile

 
Dave Miller
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Here's one I haven't seen before - any ideas?



 
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Fuligo_septica, the dog vomit slime mold.

It will only be around for a few days, and then it will disappear as mysteriously as from whence it came.
 
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John Elliott wrote:Fuligo_septica, the dog vomit slime mold.

It will only be around for a few days, and then it will disappear as mysteriously as from whence it came.

That is quite an appropriate name! I think I had another one the other day, I thought some dog had barfed up a piece of bread.
 
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Now this is popping up on wood chips all over my yard. I hit one of the blobs with spray from a hose after it had turned brown. It put out a cloud of "smoke", I assume some kind of spores. What was really interesting was that no matter how much water I sprayed on it, it never seemed to get wet. The spores must have some interesting properties.
 
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They feed on bacteria, fungi, organic matter so this is a good sign of biological activity. I had some growing up on some leaves I added compost tea to. The leaves were perfect in the end though, so just eating the good stuff on the leaf.
 
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this is a pioneer fungus on my mulched areas. i see a lot the first year and very little in subsequent years as more mushrooms sprout up
 
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Came out today to find this growing atop one of my hugelkultur beds. Really cool looking!
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I read in another thread where this is actually an amoeba, and that it can move to different locations until it find the resource it wants. Pretty cool.
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