Observation 26819: Lycogala epidendrum (J.C. Buxb. ex L.) Fr.

When: 2009-10-17

Collection location: Southwest Barry Co., Michigan, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jon Reck (Jon Reck)

No specimen available

My best guess is that what we see here is Lycogala epidendrum just beginning the process of transforming from plasmodium to aethalium. I have my doubts, however. I am much more used to seeing Lycogala epidendrum stay in its ‘pink paste’ stage for a longer time- these seem to rush right into the brown ‘puffball stage’. Unfortunately there was a hard frost that evening and development was arrested at this stage. I cut one of the red globules open and it WAS filled with pink paste. I guess what clinched it for me was the illustration of the L. epidendrum plasmodium stage in Stephenson and Stempen- pretty good match for the plasmodium shot here. I left these shots at full resolution as I enjoyed poking around in the detail.

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Used references: Myxomycetes A Handbook of Slime Molds- Stephenson and Stempen page 97 (plate 1)

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