Thursday, April 09, 2009

Goo to you



Big spring rains = orange goo.



This year we had an overabundance of the Cedar-quince rust (gooey bits seen here) and not so much Cedar-apple rust (noodly orange meatballs).



Sporulation, my new favorite word.

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These photos are really from about 3 weeks ago - I forgot to post them earlier. I have been forgetting a lot of things lately.

12 comments:

Hugh said...

Yes, sporulation is a good word. So is noodly.

What fascinating things.

Ericka said...

noodly IS a good word, especially given how alien-like that stuff is. do you suppose it moves around at night?

PG said...

Oh wow, that is something else! What an amazing fungi, I have never seen anything like it over here...but then, we don't have that many cedars growing wild, mainly in parks.

Lythrum said...

Pretty darned nasty looking. :)

edifice rex said...

GROOOOSS!

Floridacracker said...

Fungi freak me out. I don't trust em.

Rurality said...

Hugh, yeah noodly is good too, and not used nearly enough in normal conversation. :)

Erika, I suspect that it might!

PG, any juniper can have it, I think. It's not nearly so spectacular on the rosaceous host side of things. They used to cut down cedars around here within miles of apple orchards.

Lythrum, yeah I'd think it was tree sap gone horribly wrong if I didn't know better!

Annie, yup! The cedar-apple rust is more alien-y.

FC, but they're so innnnnnteresting! When they're outside, anyway.

The Country Experience said...

I'm glad you posted this. I found some on one of my trees but haven't had a chance to look up yet what it is. It was on a small pine tree.

Rurality said...

TCE, on a pine tree it might be Eastern Gall Rust instead: http://rurality.blogspot.com/2007/03/eastern-gall-rust.html

countrypeapie said...

Freak out! I've not seen this here, but if I do, I'm glad I'll know what it is.

lisa said...

Sporulation? Don't they make a cream for that? :) Orange goo is pretty!

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

I found your blog while googling around for "orange fungus" to figure out what had invaded our cedars over night. It actually landed me on your oragne goo post from last year - but I spent some time poking around here. I'm glad I found you!

Penny