Identification: On the bark of a pine

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  1. David Tang

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    Small cluster of ball shaped "things".
    On a pine tree by the side of a trail in Rmd Nature Park.
    Don't know if thse are fungi ? Please ID.
     

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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi David - What is the approximate diameter of one of these, and are they very soft/squishy to the touch?
     
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    They are about 1 cm across. Haven't touch them as I think it would be not easy to pry them loose.
    If I go tomorrow again, I will pry one loose.
     
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    I went and re-located the small cluster on the pine bark.
    Correction : the size of the biggest is just 7-8mm, most of the rest just 5mm.
    The bigger ones are not hard, but feel like leathery, yielding only a bit to pressure.
    I pried loose one and dirty yellowish fluid oozed out.
    I touched the smaller ones, ohhhh, puff the magic dragon, I could clearly see
    powdery puff. I tried without success to catch the moment of puffing. So I
    used a metal pointer (the antenna from an old radio) to poke it and get the
    powder on the tip. I think these are puffballs, but don't know which !
     

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    Thank you for posting additional photos with measurement and texture details. This appears to be Lycogala epidendrum, the Wolf's Milk Slime Mold, but I think Magic Dragon slime mold would be an apt name also! Colouring more dramatic/pink when fresh growth.
     
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    Thanks a lot !
     
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