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orange round thing with cottony substance on Salsify

orange round thing with cottony substance on Salsify
Naches Trail Preserve, Pierce County, Washington, USA
June 1, 2012
Salsify is said to be cottony when young.. so I can see where this cottony substance might be left over from that... but what are these orange things?

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orange round thing with cottony substance on Salsify orange round thing with cottony substance on Salsify orange round thing with cottony substance on Salsify

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Any other shots of these?
Not something I recognize...

 
Yes
I've posted one more of this one... and a shot from 2010. The only think I've found is that Salsify can get carrot rust fly, Wireworms, Root Knot, Soft rot. See here.

 
Does salsify have orange sap?
The last shot gives me the impression of sap flowing from wounds (caused, maybe, by ovipositing or hemipteran feeding).

 
Does salsify have orange sap?
Yes! Googling leads me to understand that some Salsify does have orange sap. That makes sense. So something is making holes in the stem... and the cottony substance is left over from the earlier stage. It's odd that I didn't see any bugs. Maybe they are on the inside?

 
I suspect the stem was poked from the outside
Maybe the bugs are nocturnal or were just gone by the time you saw the sap oozing? Guess we'll have to start watching salsify more closely! I don't encounter it very often.

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