Wolf's-Milk Slime

Lycogala epidendrum (L.) Fr.

A small slime mold that grows on top of rotting wood. The colour varies greatly and changes as the slime mold matures at first pinkish-gray to bright cinnabar-red when young. At this stage the flesh is a pinkish, paste-like substance (like toothpaste?). With maturity the fruit body becomes yellow-brown or olive-brown and the spore mass becomes powdery and pinkish-gray to ochre in mass.

Note: This non edible species is not a fungus or mushroom It belongs to a group called slime molds, or myxomycetes—a group of funguslike organisms that at one time were regarded as animals, then thought to be plants, then fungi. Now, because of DNA studies, slime molds are believed to be closer to the protozoa. They are studied by botanists and mycologists. Included here as I do not have a better grouping for it

How to identify Lycogala epidendrum?

What habitats does Lycogala epidendrum live in?

Scattered to clustered on well-rotted wood

What is the distribution of Lycogala epidendrum?

world wide

How big does Lycogala epidendrum grow?

This slime mold forms fruit bodies 3-15 mm wide.

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