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kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2009
5:19 AM

Post #7050316

I saw this yesterday at Bolam lake on a dead tree stump. Very soft, with brown liquid oozing out of it. Loved it!

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Clathrus
Fischer, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 13, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #7059546

Probably a slime mold, Fuligo septica, although rather difficult to tell from this picture. As it matures, the outer layer thickens into a sort of skin, or rind, and the inner part becomes black spores which puff up in a cloud when you step on it.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


September 14, 2009
4:17 AM

Post #7061643

Fuligo septica is a slime mold. This looks like a Polypore.
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 17, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #7072465

It reminds me somewhat of a lot of puffballs all grouped together and getting on in life. Not a slime mold. Lovely photo, knophofia, and the softness can almost be felt in that picture!
pawny
San Leandro, CA

September 22, 2009
3:39 AM

Post #7090377

My vote is slime mold drying:-)

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