Observation 86884: Non-fungal

Green sporangia the size of limes on a neighborhood (broadleaf) evergreen bush. There were several, even from the previous season. Don’t know the name of the shrub yet. Leaf spots may be unrelated…,

The cauliflower-like structure reminds me a an unidentified fungi recently seen on wood in nearby park.


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definitely composed of plant matter
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-01-26 04:28:40 PST (-0800)

I got the chance to look at it under a great dissecting scope last night. It may be a gall caused by a virus. But it still could be caused by a fungus. The white spots are composed of interwoven threads – could be classic fungi or mold. Chlorophyll is evident on exposed surfaces, in fact after a day, even the section shown has begun to turn green on all nodes. No appearance at 50x of any spore producing bodies – higher magnification will be required.

Cross section added
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-01-24 16:02:46 PST (-0800)

This fruit is hard and woody. Smell is distinctive – farineacious?

I am still working on the ID of the plant.

Thanks for your comments. John I will check your reference when I ID the plant.

Cross section?
By: Byrain
2012-01-24 02:48:40 PST (-0800)

Dunno, maybe it would help if you can still do it?

Taphrina species
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-01-23 23:37:37 PST (-0800)

can cause the strangest deformations of leaves, buds and fruits. I have never seen anything like this, though.

if it is
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2012-01-23 21:23:09 PST (-0800)

i would suggest using the book macrofungi on land plants

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2012-01-23 21:12:42 PST (-0800)

The yellow, cauliflower-like structure does not look fungal. I think it’s something like a gall made from plant tissue. The green plant looks like Privet.

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