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Wolf’s Milk Slime Mold (Lycogala epidendrum) growing on old logs, Houston, TX

This appeared in the park a day after the rains stopped, and then turned brown and disappeared a day later. As many of you probably know, slime molds are not fungi. They’re the mating aggregations/fruiting bodies of microscopic amoeba-like organisms, called plamodia, that come together to reproduce.

This is my favorite species of slime mold. Its always a delight to find it growing in the park where I work. It’s a little early in the year for it, but we’ve had an unusually warm February and early March here in Houston.