Keeping track of my edible garden.
It's the fruiting body of a slime mold. A strange thing that apparently is something both fungal and animal or maybe neither.
that is so neat looking. I love fungi!
I'm fascinated by them too! They come in so many interesting forms and colors.
Nice color and texture, Michelle.
Chandramouli, let's thank Mother Nature for that! I just took the photo ;)
Yowzah! This is on the list of things I don't want to be reincarnated as.Your intriguing post settles a burning issue for me--I will indeed start a Fungus Friday (to go with Wordless Wednesday and Gardener's Bloom Day).
Great color! Wish I could have one too!
That is just blatantly cool! It's a shame it's not edible; it could make quite the impression.
will it consume the woodpile, the house and the world? At least it'd be pretty while it did it!
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That's amazing! It looks like sponge.
Susan, it is an icky but cool thing!Daffodil, Fungus Friday! What a fabulous feature for us fearless flora ... bloggers :)Town Mouse, maybe you already have one lurking somewhere... (cue the sound track for The Twilight Zone)Jan, wonderfully weird!Ang, LOL, I can hear it now "todays special is slime mold...." Oooh Aaah!Prue, I did read that it can kill plants by covering them!Karen, that knowledge came out of the deep dark recesses of my memory, probably acquired back in my days as a Master Gardener. After it blooms, it dries out and ends up looking like a dried meringue (leave it to me to think of a food metaphor).Chaiselongue, it may look like a sponge but the texture is closer to whipped cream. I'll stick to the food metaphors, I could have compared it to something else goopy but it doesn't smell bad like that other stuff. I learned first hand when I accidentally kneeled in a patch of it!
I really love slime molds! Fuligo septica (scrambled egg slime) is one of the most common and it sometimes gets out of hand like yours was trying to. I have a small collection of pix of various ones. Love your blog!
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