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Earthstar fungus releasing spores. Always tripping over these things and freaking myself out.

Earthstar fungus releasing spores- because nature is cooler than you'll ever be.

Mycena sec. longisetae by MycoImage, via Flickr

Mycena sec. longisetae fungi-- this tall & skinny species is one of seven from stirp Longiseta. I know, fungus, not plant kingdon.

Pilobolus sp. The fastest thing on earth.  The spore is called Pilobolus which accelerates 0-45 mph in the first millimeter of flight.

Pilobolus is a genus of fungi. The fastest thing on earth. The spore is called Pilobolus which accelerates mph in the first millimeter of flight.

Beautiful. Dictyosteliida, a type of slime mold. They live as individuals until food runs out, then they form sporangia. They release a signal molecule into the environment that allows them to bunch together. They join into a tiny slug-like creature, which moves to an open place and develops into a fruiting body. Some of the amoebae become spores to begin the next generation, and some sacrifice themselves to become the dead stalk, thus lifting the spores up into the air for better dispersal.

The Bizarre Collective Consciousness of Slime Mold

"slime molds" ~ micro mushrooms that grow on plants ~ interesting.

Stemonitis fusca by vor dem Harz

Beautiful slime mold with a cute springtail (Collembola) on top (FUngi)

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