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Slime Moulds

Those tan colour blobs are slime mould. These fascinating single-celled organisms used to be classed as fungi but now are no longer considered to be part of the fungal kingdom. George Barron characterized them as “a slimy mass of protoplasm called a plasmodium. Most of their lives, slime moulds are hidden inside well-rotted logs or stumps, or buried in leaf mould. When it’s time to fruit, however, they migrate to a better site for spore dispersal. The plasmodium can travel several feet and climbs any object, living or dead, that gives it a site advantage. So, it’s not unusual to find slime moulds fruiting on green plants, dead twigs, old polypores, stumps, logs or at eye level on a living tree trunk!” (from Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada)

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