fungus among us?

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dgweston
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fungus among us?

Post by dgweston » July 23rd, 2017, 5:02 pm

I saw a couple patches of this cool-looking...uhm...fungus? Photo taken 7/22/2017 Salmon River Trail. Anyone know what it is?
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Re: fungus among us?

Post by BigBear » July 24th, 2017, 11:28 am

It's not fungus, it's pine sap (Monotropa hypopitys).

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Re: fungus among us?

Post by dgweston » July 24th, 2017, 2:34 pm

Ohhhhh, thanks. I didn't see a stem or stalk or anything, it was all mounded on the ground. But maybe it's just an early stage or some species I haven't been able to find online. Otherwise, I see many similar photos now that you've given me something to search for. Thank you!!

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Re: fungus among us?

Post by bobcat » July 25th, 2017, 11:14 am

Actually, it's gnome plant (Hemitomes congestum). There is a connection to fungi as well: gnome plants are fungus parasites.

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Re: fungus among us?

Post by adamschneider » July 25th, 2017, 12:00 pm

Yeah, gnome plant is a weird one. I've only seen it once, in the Olympics. It can also be pink.

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Re: fungus among us?

Post by dgweston » July 25th, 2017, 12:24 pm

Wow, beautiful. It seems I lucked out then, to see it. Such an interesting plant!

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Re: fungus among us?

Post by dgweston » July 25th, 2017, 12:28 pm

Oh and Bobcat- thank you!! I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure it out. So glad you are game to share your expertise!

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