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Tubifera ferruginosa

 

Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold

KingdomFungiMushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
DivisionMyxomycotaSlime molds, from the Greek words μύξα (myxa), which means “mucus”, and μύκης (myces), which means “fungus”
ClassMyxomycetesMacroscopic slime molds
SubclassEndosporeaeSlime molds with endospores
OrderLicealesAn order of plasmodial slime molds in the subclass Myxogastromycetidae
FamilyReticulariaceaeSlime molds producing either aethalia or pseudoaethalia fruiting bodies, which vary in size from 3 mm to 15 mm
GenusTubiferaSlime molds whose fruiting bodies are aethalia from numerous, closely pressed together sporangia
SpeciesferruginosaFrom Ferrug-, “rusty” or “rust”; and osa, “fullness” or “abundance.”

About plant names...

Red raspberry slime mold. What a marvellous name—delicious and repulsive at the same time! It is found on decaying wood.

Identification: In its prime, raspberry slime mold attracts attention with its brilliant color, but at other stages it appears pink, purplish, brownish, or gray. It appears as irregular, pillowy blotches called aethalia, up to 6" (15 cm) around. Close inspection reveals small rounded bumps on the surface, each about ¹/₃₂" (0.5 mm) around, the individual plasmodia. The bumps resemble those on a raspberry. Inside the mass, each plasmodium is shaped like a little cigar. The fruiting bodies appear from June to November.

Edibility: Not edible.

Online References:

Tubifera ferruginosa by Gary Emberger at Messiah College

Tubifera ferruginosa on Discover Life

Tubifera ferruginosa on www.fnanaturesearch.org

Tubifera ferruginosa on the Hidden Forest

Tubifera ferruginosa on the Mushroom Observer

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

7/14/2013 · Ball Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 4 × 3½" (10 × 8.8 cm)

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

7/23/2017 · Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA
≈ 3½ × 2" (8.6 × 6 cm)

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

6/23/2013 · Rocky Ridge Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 3½ × 4" (8.9 × 10 cm)

Tubifera ferruginosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 20 Oct 2017.

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Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

7/23/2017 · Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA
≈ 1¼ × 1¼" (3.6 × 3.7 cm)

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

6/23/2013 · Rocky Ridge Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 3 × 3" (8.5 × 7.8 cm)

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

6/18/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.3 × 7.8 cm) ID is uncertain

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

8/12/2009 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 10 × 7" (26 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

6/18/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 3 × 2" (7.9 × 5.4 cm) ID is uncertain

Tubifera ferruginosa (Raspberry Slime Mold, Red Raspberry Slime Mold)

10/5/2016 · Pine Meadow Conservation Area, Ayer, MA ID is uncertain