Identified by Mycologist Joe McFarland.
Also called Chocolate Tube Slime. The second photo shows the plasmodium.
Growing on standing dead tree alongside shelf fungus
I was thinking invert eggs or a fungus of some sort.
Brown spores, of course.
fuzzy hair-like brown fungus underneath a piece of a dead bark/log. The fungus was hanging down (so the picture shows the bark turned over). Found by tomv
Very soft like a brush. In these photos, it is upright - but it was growing hanging down. It was hollow part of a piece of wood hanging down, and discovered by turning the wood over.
It was still there in pretty much the same condition a week or so later when I returned :-)
Stemonitis is a distinctive genus of slime moulds found throughout the world (except Antarctica). They are characterised by the tall brown sporangia, supported on slender stalks, which grow in clusters on rotting wood. Identification within the genus is difficult, and can only be performed with confidence using a microscope.