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Monday, 30 November 2020

Ceratiomyxa fructiculosa

Ceratiomyxa fructiculosa

Sometimes when on my fungi hunting trips I come across a slime mould which is a primitive fungus. I've touched upon this topic before.  Fundamentally Slime Moulds are microscopic and not all are visible to the naked eye.  Most live on dead or rotting wood.

During October and in-between various states of Covid lockdowns I managed to visit Norfolk. Whilst exploring the Sandringham Park Estate I came across Ceratiomyxa fructiculosa.  It is very attractive, sort of translucent.  Most annoyingly I didn't have with me, my camera with the super macro facility and so had to rely on my inferior back up.  Only the one photograph below was good enough to add to this post.  And sadly this does not do justice to this wonderful little Mould. 


This Slime Mould forms colonies of minute fragile club-shaped bodies that look like tiny rosettes.  To be found on fallen logs and branches all year round and it is common.  It may spread to form a patch about 10 cm across.


 


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