Out with the Old, NOW!

My Christmas tree flocked itself!

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If you don’t know what “flocking” is, it is a method of spraying fake snow on a tree.

My tree took on a flocked appearance overnight, due to our ramping up the heat.

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At first I thought the little white specks were moving.  Mealy bugs?

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Upon closer inspection, I saw the specks were actually tiny fibers blowing due to the fan.

I snipped of some whitened shoots and popped the pieces under the microscope.

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There was a fungus among us.

The tree was unceremoniously stripped of its ornaments in record time.

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We hauled it out on the deck with the lights still on.

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No need to spread the spores.

Out with the Old.

Happy New Year from the FLOWER and her fungus.

A Conch On An Oak

This is a rather large and lovely fruiting body of a fungus.

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Although I was happy to find it, it is a bad sign for the oak on which it resides.

This is a Ganoderma lucidum.  It is also referred to as root rot or butt rot.

This part of the fungi is called a basidocarp. These can get several feet wide and over half a foot tall.

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The top is a mixture of oranges, browns and whites. The top is hard and leathery or rubbery.   The underside is white with tiny pores.

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These two were found around the base of my neighbors’ oak.  This is twice as bad as finding one because it means the decay is more severe. (Sorry M & N.)

I also spotted the one below downtown, which I plan to report to our local arborist.

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The Conch is lovely but a deadly delight.

FLOWER