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Ashy-Physarum Slime Mold
Physarum cinereum

Ashy-Physarum, Physarum cinereumAshy-physarum is often listed as a pest on lawn grasses.  But in my yard the fruiting bodies of the slime mold frequently show up on the leaves of the baby tears ground cover, sometimes on nearby plants.  This is the sexual reproductive stage of the protist.  I have yet to observe the plasmodium stage.

Ashy-Physarum, Physarum cinereumHere we can see, through a magnifying glass, the spore bearing structures of the slime mold on the leaves of the baby tears (Helxine soleirolii).  They resemble tiny mushrooms.

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