be careful what you eat
Recently I noticed an unusual red sap excretion on the trunk of an American Hornbeam (Ironwood - Ostrya virginiana) tree behind my house. So I photographed it for my online image catalogue.
Turns out it’s likely something called Tree Slime, a Cryptococcus macerans yeast infection.
While interesting in colour, it’s not something to be eaten, as it can cause a Meningoencephalitis infection that can develop into a very serious epilepsy and even perhaps be fatal.
Now I’m confident you don’t make a habit of tasting every strange thing you find in the woods, however interesting it may be. But this is one you certainly don’t want to try.
Here are a couple more closeup photos.