Identification: Is this Slime Mold?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Kixnggls, May 4, 2009.

  1. Kixnggls

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    first time I've seen this, it's all over a couple of last years wild vines..
    Could it be slime mold? we were quite surprised at it's beautiful orange color, and since it's very near where we plant over 3000 dahlias.. want to make sure it's not harmful..
    here is a bigger picture:
    http://www.imcking.info/IMG_0932b2hafweb%20copy.jpg
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Link won't open for me.

    Slime molds are a reproductive stage of an amoeba-like organism. A bunch of them get together and form the slime, which gives off spores in the manner of a fungus. In my climate I see them mostly on piles of wood chips and similar surfaces - never on live plants.
     
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    try it again.. I was still uploading the pic
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Does look similar. Somebody at your state Extension Service or other local source of expert information might be able to tell you what this is.
     
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    Thank you very much Ron.. I will check with the MN AG.. :)
     
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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I've seen slime moulds climb things, then produce fruiting bodies: I assume that they are trying to get to a higher spot for advantageous wind currents for spore dispersal.
    Slime moulds also move in the direction of food, so they can turn up on odd surfaces on their way to food.
    cheers,
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    "It's common name is Deer Vomit and scientific name Fusarium merismoides."
    Yep.. that link certainly looks like what I found. it's not dangerous or anything though right?
     
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    I've been poking at this stuff for 2 years now? It'll go thru it's sporing stage then disappear. I can never find it on vines after a couple weeks of first noticing it. I don't suggest eating it though.......u never know what it might do! :o)
     
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    Eating it..? eeeewwwy...
    this weekend we're going back out to the farm, gonna see how it looks and take some pics as it changes..
     
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    Most the ones I'm seeing now are either drying up or turning a white gooey drippy stuff. I think I prefer the orange drippy rather then the white gooey.
    Either way...nope...wouldn't eat. lol
     

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