Tubifera ferruginosa


Common Names: Red raspberry slime
Category: Slime Molds
Sub-category: Tubiferaceae


It begins reddish in color, and looks like a bundle of compressed tubes, at this stage the sporangia of this slime mold resemble red raspberries. The cluster soon matures into a purplish (or pinkish hue) and then brownish mass at maturity. The density of the packing of the tubes can vary considerably from loose to tight, where it's difficult to see individual tubes. Individual fruit bodies are less than 0.5 mm wide and are up to 3 to 5 mm high. Compressed clusters can be up to 15 cm or more in length.

Found from June through November, typically growing on rotting logs in the forest.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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