Unknown fungus

Morpeth, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

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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Fischer, TX(Zone 8b)

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.

Keaau, HI

Fuligo septica is a slime mold. This looks like a Polypore.

Olympia, WA

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!

San Leandro, CA

My vote is slime mold drying:-)

This message was edited Sep 21, 2009 8:41 PM

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