These two fungi images I believe could be related to the Sparassis group, or they could be Ramaria rubripermanens. I favour the latter.

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The red/orange ball fungi has been suggested as the added naming. The larger growth(?) will have to be named at a later date when I can revisit the site and hopefully get more information.

I’m with Darv.
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-24 16:32:46 CDT (-0500)

There’s not really anything distinctively fungal about this, whatever it is. One thing I’d expect to see to make it scream “fungus” is stages. The smaller pieces here don’t look like the larger object in miniature, they look like debris.

As a side not, the pink guys are surely L. epidendrum.

Red Ball shaped Fungi

Thanks Deb (& Todd) for the replies. I really did not think the little red fellows were large enough or sharp enough. Thanks for the comment though. Hopefully around next January I will go back to the spot I found the other fungi and give it a real working over. Dont loose too much sleep over getting me an ID. I’m the one causing the headaches. Any results I get I am more than content with.

Pink ball fungi…
By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2008-06-20 23:25:58 CDT (-0500)

…are hard to see clearly but look a bit like Lycogala epidendrum.

Red ball fungi in enlarged image.

It can be noticed two small round shaped red coloured fungi in one of the images that I have not referred to. If any one would like to comment on them also I would be most appreciative.


I have enlarged a section of one of the images 150% and I feel it is quite obvious that the specimen has a crystal type growth habit, is moist and maybe Lichenised.

Plant or Fungus

Darvin, I can absolutely gaurantee that what you are looking at is not wood shavings. I manage and own a property here in OZ,where extremely high insect and pest controls are enforced. We are most familiar with all types of borers and whiteants. We do have a moth here that creates a tunnel in the sap and lays one egg which becomes a lavae but the shavings or wood particles are easily detected as wooddust. The two (fungi ? ) in the images were living vegatation and were attached to their habitat. If a name to them is failing I will rephotograph and remove for further examination next time I locate them. I did notice that there was a central point of attachment on a short stem on each example. Did you receive the Book info that you requested?. I did return email to you all the relevant purchacing info.

Plant or fungus?
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-06-20 10:31:33 CDT (-0500)

Reminds me of the wood fibers expelled by beetles as they burrow tunnels through the wood.