Fungi forum: Is it fungus or mold?

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 26, 2015 2:43 PM CST
I thought this was probably the early stages of vomit fungus so I was going to photo the stages. However, this was it. It simply turned slightly tan and then sooty with spores. It really looks like a patch of hoar frost. Silvery and cold. These wood mulch chips seem to produce a lot of odd fungus and mold type growth.
Thumb of 2015-04-26/needrain/d24b2b

Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 29, 2015 10:30 AM CST
Hi Donald.

I do think what you have is a slime mold. It looks like Physarum cinereum

http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/slime/family/physaraceae/physa...

I am not 100% sure, as there are a whole slew of them

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physarum
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 29, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Thanks Jean,

It does look similar to those. This one was actually pretty. No comparison to the other one. Even when it got dusty with spores it was so tiny it wasn't bad. This one really sparkled in the light. What looked like ice crystals were less than the size of a small grain of rice at its largest. I just thought it would turn into the other kind and was just starting to grow, but it didn't. The wood chips, whether from the power line company or bagged pine or cypress mulch seem to be a prime growing medium for slime molds. I don't really see it around elsewhere.
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moonhowl
Apr 29, 2015 11:16 AM CST
You are most welcome, Donald. I wonder since so many of these show up in gardens, if maybe there should be a collection of the pictures and info. Perhaps as a "sticky" at the top of the site?

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