Is it a crust fungus? A slime mold? Hello, Tom!

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Hard to tell without microscope
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2008-06-05 12:30:57 PDT (-0700)

This is interesting and probably distinctive under the scope. The white part is called the subiculum, which is equivalent to the “flesh” of a mushroom or the “context” of a polypore— it’s the sterile area of hyphae that support the hymenium that bears basidia. In this case the hymenium is orange/brown in color. It’s possibly a Botryobasidium, but one look under the scope would tell for sure. :)

On wood
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-06-04 14:16:36 PDT (-0700)

I saw this one also, and it was on wood, well bark. I believe it was the back side of rotting fir bark, wait I have a photo, let me check… yes, bark, but I can’t tell which kinda actually, there were mixed pines and firs in the area. It was a kinda crust fungus, with orange-brown hymenium surface there, with wispy white fuzzy area surrounding. The hymenium surface was pretty tough, and not easily scratched off. No polypore substrate, just the bark.

on wood?
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2008-06-04 13:53:36 PDT (-0700)

hi Debbie. Is it on wood? I can’t tell the substrate fromt he pic. I suspect it’s Botryobasidium or some other crust. But if it’s on a polypore then I’d say Hypocrea. What did the spores look like? :)