emparko's picture

Fluffy White Fungus

Observed: 11th December 2012 By: emparko
Fluffy White Fungus
Description:

I have observed this fungus on fallen beech twigs at the side of a paddock and in the garden. It appears over night, remains for a couple of days and then disappears totally. It will then reappear on the same twigs a few weeks later. I have no idea what it is and have never seen it before.

Identifications

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    Likely ID
    Ice Flowers (Dihydrogen oxide)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

markwilson's picture

frost flowers

I almost thought this was a hoax but further research produced a number of articles!!

http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/VEVI3/crystallofolia.html

emparko's picture

Frost Flowers

That's exactly what it is - thank you. After posting this, someone who follows my blog in the USA identified it and the next time it appeared, I touched it and it melted away. Thank you!