Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

Mature sporocarp

This is not actually a Myxomycete but is in a diffetent class - the Ceratiomyxomycetes. The spores are formed on the outside of the fruit body whereas in Myxomycetes the spores are internal. Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa is one of the most abundant British slime moulds and it is very common in Clyne Wood. Clusters of the finger-like fruit bodies grow on dead wood, most often in damp shady places. It can be found from April through to November.

Photograph showing the external spores on stalks Mature sporocarp Mature sporocarp Mature sporocarp