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    A Woody twining vine or climbing shrub. Young leaves are coated with red hairs, mature leaves are dark green and hairless.
    Solowise11, good morning. I don't recognize this plant--but also don't know where to begin because I do not know where this species was photographed. Could you let me know where it was growing in the world? With that information, it might be possible to identify the plant. Thank you. (Wednesday, 22 January 2020)
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    I often come across Dendrolycopodium plants like the one in the photos below, which have trophophylls near the base of the stem that come off the stem at close to a 90 degree angle, but the stem does not feel prickly at all. Is this just a form of D. hickeyi that I'm seeing? (the trophophylls on different ranks of lateral stems are all the same length). Does the lower stem need to have both widely spreading trophophylls AND feel prickly to be D. dendroideum? Photos taken in Andover, MA. Thanks.
    Dear Susan, Dendrolycopodium dendroideum does not have to feel prickly. It is primarily the orientation of the trophophylls near the stem base that matters, not how rigid they are (which can confer a prickly feel). The orientation of the trophophylls usually means someone feels them more acutely than in the other species, hence the name prickly. Your images looks to be Dendrolycopodium dendroideum. Best wishes. (Wednesday, 22 January 2020)
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    Hello. Can you tell me if this is a slime mold? if not, what do you think it is? it's growing on the seed pod of a laurel. in Westchester, NY. thanks in advance.
    Dear dcmmings, good morning. Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your question. Mycology is outside of my realm of expertise. I suggest you relay your question to a fungal-related group (perhaps one on social media) so that you might find someone to answer your question. Good luck! (Wednesday, 22 January 2020)

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