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Slime Mold stalks

sporangia

Description:

I have never seen these "things" before and do not know if they are a kind of moss, fungus, or something else. It lacks leaves and covered a good sized area under evergreens in a shaded area. White stalked cap. Acidic soil. I thought maybe "Bug-on a Stick" - Aladdin's Lamp Moss (but those are not white). Uncommon.

Habitat:

Acidic soil.

Notes:

Rood Pond. In the back trail.

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1 Comment

catgrin
catgrin 7 years ago

They are a fungus - a type of tiny mushroom that I believe belongs to the genus Marasmius - but anyone, please feel free to correct me. Your pictures aren't clear enough for me to compare to online images for ID, and I'm in no way an expert on fungi (hardly know a thing!), so I'm going to suggest you check out genus Marasmius for yourself while awaiting an i.d. You know better what they looked like.

The images already do look like at least three possible species to me: Marasmius androsaceus, Marasmius capillaris, or Marasmius pallidocephalus - so that should help to get you started!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marasmius

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Nov 3, 2014
Submitted on Nov 3, 2014

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