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    I was walking along a little creek and saw this at the end of a branch (not sure of the tree...cypress? If it ain't pine I'm lost). It looks like a little brown brain (or dooky ball...lol)

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    It's a gall on a cedar tree. When it gets wet it oozes a thick mucus that contains the spores. When the mucus dries the spores are released to the wind.

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    Those look so cool when they "ooze mucus." Like a bunch of boneless jelly fingers.
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    Rick, are there any uses for it?

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    Float it in the pool....Doodie!

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    That's pretty cool. I've never to my knowledge seen a Gymnosporangium before. The life cycle of this species is interesting.

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    Neither have I but I've seen galls. Oh, wait...never mind.

    No use that I know of. Unless you're a gall spore of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    Float it in the pool....Doodie!

    Yeah, i put it in places for my kids to come across...poor cat couldn't figure out why everyone was yelling at her! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by canid View Post
    They make the most wonderous "splat" when you chuck em at the back of your friend's head. Even better if the wormy stuff goes down his shirt. Oh man did I get pummelled.
    LOL. Good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goose View Post
    Rick, are there any uses for it?

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    I'm not certain about cedar galls, but some hardwoods -- such as Hickory -- produce galls, which are sometimes used to make inks.

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    Alien egg !
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