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RexFantastic

Grand Rapids, MI

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RexFantastic Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by RexFantastic Iowa, USA7 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

RexFantastic Unknown Fungus?
Unknown Fungus? commented on by RexFantastic Islip, New York, USA7 years ago

I think this may be a type of slime mold. Not classified as fungi anymore, but closely related. Fascinating organisms, here is the wiki page, it's worth a read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slime_mold...

RexFantastic Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by RexFantastic Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA7 years ago

Also, they were about 2 cm wide when I found them.

RexFantastic Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by RexFantastic Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA7 years ago

I uploaded a few more pics, including one of the specimens I have at home as they are now, they have shrunk but otherwise look pretty much the same.

RexFantastic Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by RexFantastic Pennsylvania, USA7 years ago

A moss is a plant, an ancient kind of simple plant that doesn't have roots.

You might be thinking of lichens, which are fungi that contain algae cells to absorb light for energy like plants. They often appear very similar to mosses and frequently grow on rocks and trees right along side mosses. But this is definitely a moss, not a lichen.

Here is a link if you're interested in learning more about them:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen

Here is a simpler version if you don't like the technical jargon:
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen...

Always glad to help out :)

RexFantastic Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by RexFantastic Pennsylvania, USA7 years ago

Definitely looks like a moss. The little string like plants are probably sporophytes, the moss's spore producing reproductive organs.

RexFantastic Maple Gall Mites
Maple Gall Mites commented on by RexFantastic Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA7 years ago

Ah, thank you suzmonk! I thought that this might be caused by mites.

RexFantastic Fly Amanita
Fly Amanita commented on by RexFantastic Missoula, Montana, USA7 years ago

Beautiful mushroom there and a beautiful shot. Definitely not a bolete, (it has gills underneath, not pores) nor a Fly agaric though.

RexFantastic Stropharia melanosperma
Stropharia melanosperma commented on by RexFantastic Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA7 years ago

Thanks gully, I really appreciate the help.

RexFantastic Chicken of the Woods
Chicken of the Woods commented on by RexFantastic Georgia, USA7 years ago

Beautiful shot!

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