Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A spongy mystery

James took these photos for me several days ago. He spotted these spongy things attached to the stems of a Russian sage in the front yard.  I have no clue what they are, but I think they showed up after some heavy rains we had a couple of weeks ago. New to me! I can't remember ever seeing something like this in our gardens. I'm checking around, trying to figure out what they are but no luck yet. Mushrooms? Fungus? Help?

UPDATE APRIL 27, 2016–Carroll, a friend on Facebook, suggested that this might be a slime mold. I think she's right. I found a blog post about dog vomit slime molds, taxonomically called Fuligo septica. Our slime mold, if that's was this was, sure picked an odd place to happen.

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