Leocarpus fragile

Leocarpus fragilis Leocarpus fragilis Leocarpus fragilis

Leocarpus fragilis


  • Department: Myxomycota (Myxomycetes)
  • Species: Leocarpus fragilis (Leocarpus fragile)


  • Leocarpus fragile

  • Lycoperdon fragile
  • Diderma vernicosum
  • Physarum vernicosum
  • Leocarpus vernicosus
  • Leangium vernicosum

Leocarpus fragile - Leocarpus fragilis


Myxomycete passing through the stages usual for myxomycetes: mobile plasmodium and formation of sporophores.

It develops on leaf litter, small litter and large deadwood, can live on living trees, in particular, on bark, on grass and bushes, as well as on the droppings of herbivores. Plasmodium is quite mobile, therefore, for the formation of sporophores (in a simple way, fruit bodies, these are those beautiful bright shiny cylinders that we see) can climb high enough on the trunks of trees and shrubs.

Sporangia are located in rather dense groups, less often – scattered. The size is 2-4 millimeters high and 0.6-1.6 mm in diameter. Egg-shaped or cylindrical, can be hemispherical, sessile or short-stalked. At a quick glance, they resemble insect eggs. The color range from yellow in newly formed ones to almost black in old ones: yellow, ocher, yellow-brown, red-brown, brown to black, shiny. The leg is thin, filiform, flat, white, yellowish. Sometimes the leg can branch out, and then a separate sporangium is formed on each branch. The spores are brown, 11-16 microns, with a thinner membrane on one side, large-warty. Spore powder, black. Plasmodium is yellow or red-yellow.

Season and distribution

Cosmopolitan, quite widespread in the world, in regions with a temperate climate and in the taiga zone.

Similar species

Similar to other yellow, orange, and reddish slime molds.



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