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Strange Summertime Fungi

July 14, 2007

100_1506 Chers Amis,

Georgia is in a severe drought with precipitation levels down over 12 inches for the year
. We finally received an inch and a half of rain this week and the moisture brought forth some spectacular fungi. Caddie, our resident mycologist, went scouting and found a few specimums of interest to share.

This white tower is Clavicorona pyxidata or crown-tipped coral fungus.  Click on the photo for a close-up and note the crenelated tips.  It was @ 4 cm. tall. 



To the right is the translucent Auricularia auricula-judae  or the Wood ear, cloud ear or Judas’ ear fungus.  It does resemble a human ear and is soft and jelly like.  They dry up during the drought and plump back into shape with the rain.

Below is an example of Xylaria hypoxylon or carbon antlers growing on a Carbon_antlerssweet gum ball.  The ball is about 2.5-3 cm in diameter so the antlers are quite tiny.  Caddie with her eagle eyes spotted these in the dim woods from 15 ft away!  I was standing right over it and couldn’t see
the miniature forest beneath my feet.

  Our last find was this bright 1100_1517_2 cm red ball100_1515
-shaped organism. We have not been able to identify it
using our typical field guide and believe it must be an example of a red slime mold similar to this one.  FYI, slime molds are not fungi but rather members of the protist kingdom.  Any ideas on an ID? 


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  1. July 19, 2007 10:59 pm

    Oh. Those are beautiful!!! We’re up 10+ inches for the year – sorry we can’t share the rain! Anyway, we’ve had LOTS of fungi and I need to get out and photograph them. What do you use to identify them? Thanks for getting me started. 🙂

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