ALIEN INVADER 1
I love the magazine – so many useful articles!
I was wondering if you could do an article on an organism that is not really a weed but is a huge nuisance nevertheless, Nostoc commune. I cannot find a way of getting rid of it at all and I am sure there are many out there who are in the same boat.
NADENE REPLIES: what a revolting looking thing. It’s actually a slime mould called Fuligo septica which likes growing on decaying wood and mulch, and tends to form after heavy rain or irrigation.
Clive Shirley of www.hiddenforest. co.nz, a website dedicated to his passion for fungi and other ‘creatures’, says despite its looks, it won’t hurt you.
“It’s harmless and not known to be poisonous but with a common name of ‘dog vomit slime’ I am not sure you would try to eat it.
“If it is a problem then a garden hose will disperse it.”