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Wasp's Nest Slime Mold

Metatrichia vesparium

Description:

These stalked fruiting bodies were found growing in clusters. Several empty sporangia (goblet-shaped, spore containing structures) were present, but there were partially intact (and remnants of) apical caps in places as well. There were also several orange masses of capillitium, fluffy structures that aid in spore dispersal, ultimately springing open the sporangia through their coiled force.

Habitat:

Growing on Water Birch (Betula occidentalis) at a forest edge.

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2 Comments

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 9 months ago

Thanks, Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 months ago

Awesome spotting!

flowntheloop
Spotted by
flowntheloop

Collinsville, Alabama, United States

Spotted on Dec 30, 2020
Submitted on Feb 8, 2021

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