The Hairy Fungus That Wasn’t

I found this interesting, hairy fungus during a trek at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park. Except it isn’t a fungus. It’s Myxogastria stemonitis, or Hairy Brown Slime Mold, or Chocolate Tube Slime Mold, or Pipe Cleaner Slime.  Hmm. But molds are fungi! True, but slime molds were only differentiated from fungi in the late 1800s.Continue reading “The Hairy Fungus That Wasn’t”

Northern Tooth Fungus Causes Tree-snap

Climacodon septentrionalis, or the Northern Tooth Fungus, is considered inedible because of its bitter taste and rubbery texture. It is a parasite of living hardwood trees, showing a preference for maple, beech, and ash. There is no cure for an infected tree. In fact, by the time you see the elegant fungal leaves, significant damageContinue reading “Northern Tooth Fungus Causes Tree-snap”