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Sat 12th May 2012 20:30 by Mary Smith
Sorry, Graham
Graham, I owe you an apology for being so dismissive. I think I have worked out what your pink blobs were, mostly from the further information you sent that followed the first finding. I think it is probably a Myxomycete (aka Slime Mould) called Lycogala epidendrum (no common name, as far as I am aware).  It is extremely common, especially in spring, with its spherical pink blobs about 1cm across on dead wood.  They 'ripen' in a few days to what is effectively a pale brown blob of dusty spores.  So I don't need to see your preserved sample of this one.  Please don't bother with saving it to show me later, as many are allergic to its huge release of spores, including me!

But your alarming orange thing I really have no clue about, but it does not look like another Myxo. By all means bring me some of that, dried. But please also make notes of what it looks like and feels like and its dimensions when fresh, as so many soft fungi or relatives seem quite different when dry. And I certainly cannot guarantee to name it at all, let alone correctly.



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