Identify curious fungi spores - orange threadlike

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  1. groovyjoker

    groovyjoker Member

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    Hello,

    Newbie from Washington state, US here. Looking for experts to help me identify what appears to be fungi spores:

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    We have had some dry weather here in our state. My spinach grew quick, seeded rapidly, needed lots of water. Now, we are experiencing a rainy spell. Spinach is not reacting well, and this fungi appeared on one plant, reaching out towards my lettuce.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Geastrum

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    The material in the photo looks like a plant, not a fungus--a parasitic plant like dodder (Cuscuta sp.), perhaps?
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, Cuscuta for definite.
     
  4. groovyjoker

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    How fascinating! I read about dodder here, and this was definitely it:

    http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/TRA/dodder.html

    What a name for a plant - (parasite) - "Devil's Gut". . .

    I have removed all spinach from that section of the garden and tilled the soil. I suspect something about the nearby clover/onion patch attracted this odd plant. I will keep an eye out for it's return.

    Thanks all.
     

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