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Name: Roy
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Canada
Date: Spring 2010

Question:
While taking a friends dog for a walk we came across some tree with a strange growth on them. The trees themselves are not very large and kind of teisted and knarly. Obviously some type of evergreen. In various and many spots on the trees were what look like growths of somekind but also look as if they could be secretions from the trees. Very hard to describe but look like bursts of some kind in a configuration that makes me think of a group of crystals growing but the substance is yellowish and jello like. Firm to the gentle touch but easily squished between the fingers. Only on the one kind of tree in the area and very abundant on every tree. Like snowflakes, no 2 are the same in size or shape while still holding to the crystaline description. I've lived in British Columbia all my life and here, in the central west kootenays, for more than 15 years and have never seen anything like it. I wish I knew the type of tree it is on but I should mention that it is not in, what would be considered around here to be, the "wild". Beside the mouth of the Kootenay river in an area of a campground/trailer park. Well travelled area. I plan to take some pictures but didn't have a camera with me at the time.



Replies:
Perhaps a jelly fungus or rust fungus:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremella_mesenterica

http://daveingram.ca/2009/10/31/orange-jelly/

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=39611

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/may99.html

Anthony R. Brach, PhD
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria



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