Many-headed Slime Mold
Racheff Gardens - Knoxville, TN
July 19, 2007
I found this strange yellow Slime mold growing at the base of a dying tree. My two friends probably thought I had truly "lost it" when I pulled out my camera and started focusing on a moldy pile of sawdust! One of the women had been my roommate in college, it brought back memories of the time I had this slime mold growing on oatmeal in a petri dish in my dresser drawer in the dorm. (It was given to me by my biology professor.) She was afraid it would "escape" and attack her, like in the movie, The Blob! We got a good laugh out of that! :) The species name, polycephalum means "many-head".