Observation 92758: Mollisia (Fr.) P. Karst.
When: 2012-04-03
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: The whitish gray cups (Mollisia sp.)were nearly invisible to the naked eye. I didn’t see them until I pulled up the photo to study the red bodies, which are 3-4 mm in size, and hard like dried wax.

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good point, Ann.
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-06-20 22:17:15 CDT (-0400)

Plus, I think Dan was right on from the beginning. T. ferruginosa looks like a pretty reasonable match.

Then again, this observation is for the small ascos, which might be Mollisia, and might be M. cinerea, but that appears to be the catch-all species of the genus. Andreas, our resident Mollisia expert, would tell you microscopy is pretty crucial to get to species.

Could be Nectria
By: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)
2012-04-14 20:36:46 CDT (-0400)

but I’m concerned that it is on a second-year, beginning-to-rot piece of firewood, rather than anywhere near a living tree, since Nectria is a pathogen rather than a saprobe…?

the red

could be Nectria.

Try Mollisia cinerea
By: Paul Sadowski (pabloski)
2012-04-14 20:10:32 CDT (-0400)
By: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)
2012-04-14 14:55:44 CDT (-0400)

Thank you. I believe you’re right about the Mollisia. It’s new to me, but EOL photos look just like it.
The red ones are not a slime mold, they are solid, and haven’t changed over a few weeks. I tried to section one, and it even cuts like dried wax.

Mollisia and Tubifera ferruginosa
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2012-04-14 13:31:16 CDT (-0400)

The little white ones are Molissia and the red ones appear to be Tubifera ferruginosa.

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