Identification: Lichens or mushrooms?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by hudakore, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. hudakore

    hudakore Active Member

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    I found these in the yard today. They were both growing on logs. The one with the long, dark 'feelers' is very soft to touch and leaves a rusty powder on your fingers. Please help ID them for me.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    #1 is a slime mould in the spore-producing stage.
     
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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I agree with Michael F., and I think it is a Stemonitis.

    Dry fibrous orangy stuff on a log is actually sort of ringing a faint bell. So far the ideas I'm mostly rejecting in my head are; dried out moss (but a closer shot would be helpful to confirm), Pycnoporus/porellus (looks more fibrous than fungal), a corticioid/polyporoid resupinate fungus (can't see a structure or pores that matches specimens I've seen so far), Trentepohlia the orange alga that partners in lichen but which is sometimes found by itself (looks too 3-D). Thinking thinking.... Ideas anyone?

    cheers,
    frog
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I like the Trentepohlia idea for the second.
     
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    Hi Frog, I see you're still around. Good to hear from you again. Thanks for the ID.
     
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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thanks Hudakore :-)
     

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