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Brynna Nostoc commune 2nov2013 001

Observed: 2nd November 2013 By: marksteermarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarksteer’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Brynna Nostoc commune 2nov2013 001
Brynna Nostoc commune 2nov2013 002
Description:

Translucent greenish tough jelly like. Looks like an alga. Growing on tarmac but not attached. Specimen 10cm x 5cm but others larger. Appears after heavy rain - common in South Wales!

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

AlanS's picture

Not 'Star Jelly'

I would add agreement to Nostoc commune, but 'star jelly' is a name usually applied to transparent, jellylike masses that have been shown to be discharged material that would have become frog-spawn.

marksteer's picture

Alan, I would agree that

Alan,
I would agree that 'Star Jelly' is usually applied to 'frogs' bits'. nightfly has done some wonderful investigations on this and posted oniSpot. However I have come across the use for N. commune see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostoc
Mark

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

AlanS's picture

ah yes ...

Wikipedia, source of all knowledge ...

It is very obvious that this is a typical Wikipedia crass error, best not perpetuated.

Wikipedia has some excellent pages, but this is not one of them.

marksteer's picture

OK accept Wikipedia is not

OK accept Wikipedia is not the 'fount of all knowledge'!!!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

JennWren's picture

Star Jelly

Star Jelly is used as a name for Nostoc around the Stonehenge area as it would appear after storms or something along those lines.. Alan Wiki is editable after all :)