Identification: Egg shaped growth with zinnias. What is it?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Lupin, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. Lupin

    Lupin Member

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    I planted zinnia seeds in seed starter mix on 4/16. This morning I noticed several small egg shaped growths in one of the pots. They are about 4 mm tall with a depression about 1 mm acrosss on the top. They are white with a brown lip around the opening. Can anyone identify this or point me in the right direction?. I have never seen anything like it.
    Thank you for your help.
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Fungal spore-producing bodies. Another species might produce mushrooms.
     
  3. Lupin

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    They look so interesting. Are they damaging to the plants? I am worried they might spread to the other pots. Right now they are in only one. Should I remove them gently with tweezers? We have these plants in the kitchen. Thank you for your help!
     

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