What's invading these houseplants?

Liz MargoshesJuly 19, 2010

hi, my friend is not a gardenweb member - she asked me to post these pictures. These threadlike objects/creatures have invaded her houseplants, and she has even found a cluster of them on her shower curtain! any ideas what they are? a fungus?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sallybowles/sets/72157624414246051/detail/

or

http://tinyurl.com/2a8dtt7

Thanks!!

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birdsnblooms

At first I thought this weird-looking thing was a seed. I found a virus that looks similar called Crinivirus virion. Google the name. Toni

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 3:20PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I wouldn't worry too much about the companion fungi. Plants ignore, tolerate, and form symbiotic relationships with thousands and thousands of species of fungi, with only a few being detrimental. While we may not know what type of fungus it is, we do know it's not a virus. Viruses are much smaller even than bacteria, & an electron microscope is the tool of choice for observing them.

Al

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 4:50PM
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