Beautiful slime

A selection of really beautiful pictures of slime mould fruiting bodies have been posted in the guide, thanks to Serena Lee of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Despite the icky name, slime moulds can be very elegant in their fruiting state – some look like joss sticks, others like balls of cotton candy, and the range of colours matches the range of shapes. Just look at the delicate sponge-like consistency of the one shown below, and its dark pink hue.

Collected from Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Many slime mould species lurk around in our forests and wooded areas, living off decaying wood and plant matter. A close eye for detail and a handy camera appear to be all that’s needed to find and appreciate them.

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