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Observed: 6th December 2011 By: leenestofvipersleenestofvipers’s reputation in Plantsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Plantsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Plantsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Plants

I am not sure if this is a fungi or something else entirely. It is a group of orange gelantinous growths growing from an ivy stem.Inside is a white creamy substance.Each one was the size of a 50 pence.


No identification made yet.

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Fenwickfield's picture


have you had any frosts,as it could be a frosted old Tremella mesenterica which when old look's orange or I could be completely wrong


leenestofvipers's picture

Not really

Not particularly frosty. And the white insides are not like T. mesentrica.

synan's picture

Discarded chicken nuggets?!?

No, sorry - no serious suggestions. It's baffling.

leenestofvipers's picture


They do look a bit like chicken nuggets but they smell acrid. I am baffled too.I am wondering whether it is a plant reaction of some kind.

Turnstone's picture

If they smell acrid, they

If they smell acrid, they probably are chicken nuggets:)
However, they could be one of the slime mould sp.

leenestofvipers's picture


I have found more of these since and they appear to be coming from the plant, like a reaction.
They are definitely not slime mould as they don't spore and the consistency is wrong.
I have been watching them for over a week now.

JoC's picture

iOrnage gelatinous growths

Slime moulds may take some time to 'decide' to spore.

If this were yellow, then Fuligo septica might be a possibility. A google search for "orange gelantinous growths growing from an ivy stem" brought up some very similar pictures, but no definite ID.


leenestofvipers's picture

slime moulds.

Slime moulds do not have this structure. I have looked at it under a microscope and it possesses none of the characteristics of a slime mould. Also, it is too solid. Slime moulds are delicate.

Turnstone's picture

They could be a type of gall,

They could be a type of gall, although a search hasn't turned anything
up yet. I'll pay more attention to the local Ivy whilst out and about this weekend.