help - what is it ?

Paul F Hamlyn Paul at NO-SPAMfungus.org.uk
Thu Jan 18 19:17:29 EST 2001


Andrew,
>From your description it sounds like a Myxomycete (slime mould). See
http://www.wvonline.com/myxo/what.htm for more information.
Paul

http://www.fungus.org.uk/



Andrew <draganz at zfree.co.nz> wrote in message news:3a62af81$1 at zfree.co.nz...
>
> We live in Palmerston North (New Zealand) and this is approaching peak
summer.
> Our climate is temperate, rarely freezes (ave about 13C, range 5 - 28 C)
> with ave 900 mm rainfall.
>
> We have a Weeping Willow tree (Salix sp) stump in the garden, tree was cut
> down about 3 years ago. Few days ago I noticed a bright yellow "growth" on
> the stump. It was about twice the size of a credit card and consisted of
> a layer of small spheres  - half the size of a pin head. The growth
glistened
> and was moist to touch. It appeared to have flowed over the uneven surface
> of the stump.
> We noticed it about 7 pm (sunset about 8:45 pm}. By the next morning it
had
> changed colour to dark red - brown. It appeared now to consist of tightly
> packed, very fine stalks ( 5mm long) supporting the small sheres that were
> now also deep red - brown. The growth glistened in the sunlght. It slowly
> dried and darkened during the day. By the next day it had shrunk and
crumbled
> when pressed, its contents were powdery.
>
> The night following the appearance of the first growth we saw another,
same
> colour and appearance but half a credit card in size. It followed the same
> sort of changes in a similar time frame as the first.
>
> We have photographed these growths and tried videoing the second, but
don't
> have good enough equipment for any useful records.
>
> We guess its a reproductive phase of something - our garden has an
abundance
> of fungi. Anybody got any suggestions and leads ??
> Thanks: Andrew
>
>
>
>
> http://www.zfree.co.nz
>
>








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