Fungi on my ornamental cherry tree

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Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Fungi on my ornamental cherry tree

Post by GeoffT » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:05 pm

Can anyone help with I’d on this please. It is a very shiny metallic silver with matt black patches around the edges. Thanks

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Re: Fungi on my ornamental cherry tree

Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:03 pm

Hello Geoff,

Have you forgotten about your previous enquiry? ;) ( viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2023&hilit=reticularia+lycoperdon )

What you have here is a later stage of exactly the same thing. It is the slime mould (myxomycete) Reticularia lycoperdon.
(It won't harm your tree).

It is the metallic silvery stage - which comes after the white "rice pudding looking" stage, and before the dark brown-blackish (fully mature) stage.

Assuming that it is the same tree that you referred to in your above enquiry, I'm a little surprised that it has reappeared on the same tree. - But then again, in the world of fungi (and slime moulds) anything and everything seems to be a possibility. :lol:

Common sense is not so common.

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