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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 23, 2015 2:51 PM CST
LOL! I had some of this nasty looking stuff come up in one of the big clay pots. It crawled up and over the lip of the pot. It soon turned to a gray, moldy looking mess and every time the pot gets watered it results in a black cloud of spores. It's been in that stage for 3 weeks now. I don't know how long it's going to take for it to be gone. Such a weird fungus. Nothing like a toad stool.
Donald
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 23, 2015 6:27 PM CST
Yuck!
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 23, 2015 8:06 PM CST
Yessir! Very yuck. Big Grin
Donald
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Apr 24, 2015 6:57 PM CST
I just love Nature. So much beauty ... and so many YUCK-Os!

Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 24, 2015 9:34 PM CST
I think I saw a new start of one today. If I remember, I'll try and get a photo or two as it progresses. This one looks like it may crawl up the side of a clay pot. Too bad it looks so unpleasant. Seems like that chipped up wood from the electric line being trimmed is ideal for that fungus, but even bagged pine bark and cypress mulch produce a lot of it as well. I'm sure it's doing its part in breaking down the woody material, but that dusty cloud of spores and the ugly mass of the fungus isn't attractive at all.
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 24, 2015 9:42 PM CST
Is it the yellow or the brown fungus?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 24, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Mine seems to start out yellowish. Sometimes it will bleed red. When it does that, it looks like some unfortunate little mammal has met an awful end! In the latter stages it's just an ugly brownish color. The end stage is sooty charcoal gray/black and disturbing it with anything sends a cloud of black spores everywhere. Those spores tend to repel water or something. They make black clouds if they are disturbed and it doesn't matter if you're using a stick or water spray. The end stage lasts the longest.
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 24, 2015 9:56 PM CST
Ah...Fuligo septica, also called scrambled egg fungus by the more squeamish... Whistling But it is actually a slime mold, rather than a fungus.

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/june99.html
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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 24, 2015 10:11 PM CST
Mold! Not fungus. What a great link Jean. It's probably a good thing I don't have some sort of magnifying mechanism or I'd be down on my hand and knees with my rear up in the air trying to see the beauty he's talking about. You sure can't see it with the naked eye! Big Grin The photo in the link is spot on for how it looks in it's nicer stage.
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 25, 2015 7:33 AM CST
Hilarious! That is quite the visual, Donald. I do agree, it takes a special eye to see the "beauty", but lends credence to it being in the eye of the beholder.

The link below is one of my favorite sites for trying to discover some of that beauty....and I must admit, some of the images are truly fantastic. Reaffirms my belief that Mother Nature does indeed have a wickedly weird sense of humor.

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/

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