Is this some sort of Insect Egg Sac or a Fungus?

tlgjApril 10, 2012

Can anyone help me identify what this is? It is growing in my Lemon tree pot, and has just started in my Lime tree pot as well. I noticed the first one about a week ago, and I knocked it off the side of the pot. It is hard, almost like a dirt dobber nest. The next day, there was a new one, and I knocked that one off as well. Now there are three of these on my lemon tree pot, and one in my lime tree pot. The one in my lime tree pot is more pink than yellow. If you can identify it, please let me know if I need to get rid of it, or just let it be. I'm in Houston, by the way.

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

I have no idea what it is but whatever it is, I wouldnt think twice about removing them.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 1:16PM
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Looks like a fungal growth on the oak of the barrel you have it planted in; I doubt it is a factor with the tree.

I would take it off; and then scrub the oak with a mild Clorox solution... very mild.

Full sun will help, if it is in fact a wood fungus.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 7:50PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'd like to see an image without so much reflected light and (here's the big thing) I'd like to see what it looks like when you cut it in half. Close ups.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 10:32PM
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yeah, too much light, can't see any kind of details on it.

looks a bit like some insect egg sacs.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 12:18AM
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It is an oak fungus... there are a thousand fungi that adore oak; it is one of many reasons I never advise people to plant Meyers in oak barrels. The important thing is it is not likely impacting the citrus, so "Don't worry, be happy"

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:17AM
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Thanks to everyone for your help! Those of you that are saying it is an oak fungus, it is pretty hard. Is that normal for a fungus to be hard and crusty? I tried cutting one in half and it just disintegrated on me...Nothing of substance was inside when it did. It was just like breaking up a dirt dobber nest. Here is another picture of the same one. Oddly enough it had turned pink by the time I got home from work. Either way, I'll just get rid of them. Just wanted to try and find out what it was before I did.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 10:15AM
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