Saturday, 18 June 2016
Magic Crystal Mould?
In this damp corner of a Sussex woodland, clinging to the dead wood littering the floor, lives an organism.
It looks like this:
And under the microscope you can see it has this irregular, slightly branching form:
The surface appears powdery and almost crystalline, like one of those magic crystal trees you might have got for Christmas when you were a kid. I guess these are spore-bearing structures of some kind.
I smeared that powdery surface across a microscope slide and got a whole load of this:
Elliptical things... Spores?
In conclusion: I have no idea what this is.
(I have spent several hours trying to make it some kind of Fuligo species – a type of slime mould – but they mostly have round spores.)
For the record
Location: Horton Wood, Small Dole
Grid reference: TQ208127 (site centroid)