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Postby EmmVeePee » Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:36 pm

Yeah, seems 90% of the people I ask say it looks like an alien, or an "alien scrotum" in one case (I guess the orange projections are little pubic hairs?)
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:48 pm

Occam's raiser: the simplest explination tends to be the right one: What is more probable: alien or fungus? 8)
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Postby Freedom » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:12 pm

My Biology teacher is a Botanist, I can show her the photo and see what she says, but I can't get the photo to load, if I do I'll e-mail it to her and update you guys. :D If someone could e-mail me the photo that would be great, my e-mail address is adam@jamesfrew.com
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Postby Winter » Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:57 am

I FOUND OUT WHAT IT IS :!: :!: :!:

I e-mailed a retired professor from the university of michigan and asked him to ID this thing. Here's what he answered:

The orange fungus is probably cedar-apple rust (Gymnosporangium
juniperi-virginianae) since the host is a ornamental juniper, the
infected part of the plant is a "cone" and the fungus growth is orange. The orange
"horns" are typically only visible during wet weather. This rust alternates hosts
between junipers and members of the rose family (e.g., pears, serviceberry).
You should contact a County Extension Agent for positive i.d. and recommendations
for treatment.

So that's it. Mystery solved. :D
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Postby EmmVeePee » Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:14 am

Nice!
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Postby Biology?!? » Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:04 am

Can it be an orchid?...I ve heard they attach to plants but dont derive nutrition from them ..they have succulent roots which can absorb water from the air...worth a thought
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Postby James » Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:10 pm

Good work :)
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Postby Navin » Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:18 pm

Finally its solved, the suspense was killing me.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:45 pm

To be honest, I didn't think that we will be able to identify that thing. Good work KylethGrey
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Postby b_d_41501 » Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:58 pm

I saw an image of rust but I didn't thing it looked that big. hmm....
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