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Tree Hair

Stemonitis splendens


Tall, brown sporangia on thin stalks, which were growing in dense clusters on rotting wood. Each tuft was about 15 mm tall.


Habitat: Decorticated, rotting wood in a mixed forest

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks so much Rob and Neil for your comments :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Belated congrats, Christine. This is a wonderful spotting, and it's not a fungus either. Amazing. Thanks to you and your keen eyes for sharing :)

triggsturner a year ago

Congrats Christine on your sotd.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thank you so much for the SOTD! I love finding this slime mold :). If you brush the tops of the stalks, the brown spores puff into the air and look like cocoa dust.

@ Danièle, it definitely resembles chestnut vermicelli!

Thanks to everyone for all the comments :)

Awesome find Christine,i love these guys,very good series,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Tukup a year ago

Cool Christine. What a picture. Congratulations on the well-deserved SOTD.

SarahWhitt a year ago


armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations Christine!!! I love this spotting :)

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a year ago

Congrats for the SOTD Mam.....well deserved achievement....✌️

Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations Christine! Awesome spotting!

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Christine, your Chocolate Tube Slime is our Spotting of the Day! (They always make me think of chestnut vermicelli ;-) )

"It almost looks edible! This Chocolate Tube Slime (Stemonitis splendens) is our Spotting of the Day. Also commonly known as tree hair, Stemonitis splendens is a slime mould, a group of organisms formerly classified as Fungi. Stemonitis splendens belongs to a class of slime mould known as Myxomycetes or Myxogastria depending on the nomenclature, where all species pass through several phases from individual cells to conspicuous fruiting bodies such as the ones seen here. Stemonitis is a genus of slime mould found throughout the world (with the exception of Antarctica). They are characterized by the tall brown sporangia (structures which produce and contain spores), supported on slender stalks, and grow in clusters on rotting wood or leaves".



Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks for all the comments! It's also known as Chocolate Tube Slime!

armadeus.4 a year ago

Very cool fungi. Thank you for sharing Christine :)

SukanyaDatta a year ago

How out of words.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a year ago


Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Sharon, Connecticut, United States

Spotted on Oct 10, 2018
Submitted on Apr 4, 2019

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