Observation 136081: Reticularia lycoperdon Bull.

When: 2013-06-09

Collection location: Nescopeck State Park, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Two white globs attached to a fallen conifer, probably hemlock.

Jelly-like interior.
Membraneous exterior, ambiguously attached to substrate… Loosely attached in different spots.
Taste soapy.
Odor soapy.
Liquifying to slightly sticky milky-white substance, but continuing to hold its shape.

Slime mold?

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Thanks Danny.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-06-11 10:30:54 MDT (-0600)

The general consensus on this one (seeing the it was quite slimy, and looked like it had come out of some sort of mold) was that it was a slime mold. Looks just like the first photo in this obs,

So I think Reticularia lycoperdon is a likely possibility. I don’t visit this collection site very often. But if I do I’ll make it a point to check the small one that I left behind in-situ. It’s surprising that this slimy glob may morph into the brown powdery mass seen in the linked obs. We’re getting a lot of rain these past two days. I wonder if this will cause the white slimy stage of R. lycoperdon to dissolve before it gets the change to mature?

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