Observation 123515: Undetermined
When: 2012-12-12
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Visible segment about 2 inches long, plus ends penetrating cracks in wood. Unknown downed log. Seen at NAMA Foray 2012 but not collected.

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Doubtful this is Ramalina mensiziesii
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-12-05 02:37:36 CST (-0500)

This is far too regular. All the holes are approximately the same size. R. menziesii has fractalesque foam along the strands. Good idea, but I think not, in this case.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-01-27 16:21:43 CST (-0500)

It really reminds me of Ramalina menziesii, but I don’t know how it would’ve wedged itself in the cracks of the wood.

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By: Joanne (ExplorerDJ)
2013-01-27 16:03:44 CST (-0500)

This was growing on a very old log right on the side a pretty flat section of a trail about 100 yards from the parking lot in Quail Hollow Ranch County Park (yes, at the NAMA Foray). Oaks surrounding, with scattered conifers and a little grass along the trail.
The specimen was photographed as it was; no bark was removed. The only part “in the air” was the section growing over the small twice in the image. It did enter the bark at each end.
No other images are available but I have uploaded two close-ips from the original image. Notice the bumps at some of the nodes and in some segments, and the one brown colored section. Thanks for helping ID this beautiful fungus or Myxo.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-01-27 15:30:12 CST (-0500)

I wonder about a slime mold structure that dried into a more lacy-looking doilie. But that’s pretty clearly a wild guess.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2013-01-27 14:35:13 CST (-0500)

Can you tell us more? Did you rip the wood apart to find it? Did you move it? Part seems to be in the air. what foray were you on at NAMA? Anything specific about the location? A brown rotter has been in the log prior to this lacy ribbon. Do you have other photos even if poor quality as they might help document or ID.

Maybe faded…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-01-27 14:05:20 CST (-0500)

Armillaria rhizomorphs? “Shoe strings” often colonize underneath bark. Although generally black, I would imagine that if the bark gets stripped and the rhizos get some direct sun, maybe they bleach?

Yes, fungal
By: Joanne (ExplorerDJ)
2013-01-27 13:47:53 CST (-0500)

After photographing it, we touched it and it was certainly growing and not “plastic.”
Zooming in on the original shows that there are many irregular bumps/enlargements along the white strands.

wow, interesting find!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2013-01-27 12:03:48 CST (-0500)

somewhat resembles Ileodictyon cibarium, but not really. I’ve never seen anything like this.

Positive it’s fungal? It seems so ‘organized’ – if that makes sense.

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