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Lycogala epidendrum L. 1829

Lycoperdon epidendrum L. 1753

Wolf’s milk 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

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Lycogala epidendrum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Lycogala epidendrum (wolf’s milk slime mold)

7/15/2020 · Oak Hill, Littleton, Mass­a­chu­setts

Lycogala epidendrum (wolf’s milk slime mold)

If this ID is correct, they are drying out. Fresh ones are round. · 4/2/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain