Slime Mold on Straw in my Los Angeles backyard

Sep 3rd, 2012 by vanessa | 0

Last night I deep-watered our fig tree in the backyard, a spot that I had covered with straw about a month ago to help protect moisture. To my surprise, this morning I woke up to a yellow organism on top of the straw. At first I thought a leftover can of Great Stuff from my ‘Plot’ project had leaked. But on closer inspection it turns out to be Slime Mold, Fuligo septica, commonly known as dog’s vomit. The measures that slime mold undergoes are just as impressive as their bizarre looks. Within hours during the night mold must travel to a conducive surface, re-structure itself, in order to release spores the next day.