Identification: Tiny plant

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by drmargy, May 5, 2009.

  1. drmargy

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    I live in a cabin built on a cedar log float on Powell Lake, BC. Each spring I see a tiny plant appear on the shady side on the outside float log right at the water line. I've tried finding it in my guides, but no luck. You can read more about it here.

    It has a white stalk and is topped with a yellow-orange fruiting body. It is only about 6 mm (1/4 inch) tall. I see it each spring in about April and it disappears when the warm weather arrives in late June or so.

    Hope you can help me out. Thanks - Margy
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A fungus of some sort.
     
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    Thanks for the lead Michael. It is so tiny and never gets any bigger. I saw another post about slime mold. Any chance it might be something like that?
     
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    Thanks Togata57! That sure looks like it. The size, colour, and environments look just right. I've wondered about this for over a year and now you have given me the answer. You're just GREAT!! Thanks so much! -- Margy
     
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    Hey, I'm excited too! Really glad I could help.
    Your cabin sounds great. Post some photos of the plants and animals living around you!
     
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    Here's one plant I look forward to seeing each spring. It is pretty common, but I still like it, Skunk Cabbage. You can see more pictures here. Thanks again for your help. - Margy
     

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