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Mold Types


Here is a list of Mold types, and where they are generally found. Not all molds are dangerously toxigenic, however all mold spores can affect people with hayfever, athsma, and immune defficiency. Mold effects different people differently, all molds, (fungi), should be treated with respect, unless it is a Morell Mushroom then it should be rolled in a beer batter, saute'ed in butter and enjoyed with a touch of salt.

As we find additional information on each particular type of mold, we will link to information on that, as well as provide links to outside resources that have useful information. If you have moldy gourds, or mold in your home, it can be costly to identify which mold you have, just treat it with respect because if you are careless it can be harmful to your health.

We will also provide some information gathered from our local health department Mold specialist on how to take care of it and how to prevent it.

The sources listed for each of the mold types listed below does not cover all the area's where these molds can be found.

This list may change as we learn more, and this is not a complete list but contains some of the most commonly found household molds.

Possible common Gourd Molds
Handle with special precaution
Do Not Handle, call an expert
Mold type
Common Source
Parasite or Saprophyte on plant material
Aspergillus Fumigatus
Chicken, hay and grain
Aspergillus Nidulans
Damp cloth and leather
Aspergillus Niger
Spoiled foods and damp paper
Aspergillus Terreus
Decaying plant and vegetable matter
Grapes, causes blight of some flowers
Cadida Albicans
Human Respiratory and genital tract, (causes yeast infections)
Damp paper, wood pulp
same as Cephalosportium
Cladosporium (Hormodendrum)
leather, rubber, cloth, foods and wood
Damp paper, fabric and straw
Cereal grain plants and grasses
Epicoccum (gourds also)
decaying vegetative material, plant leaves and uncooked fruits
Parasitizes green plants, (peas, beans, corn, rice, tomato, etc, possibly gourds)
Mold type
Common Source
Gliocladium ***
Plant rot, cheese, fruits, bread, leather, fabrics
grain plants and grasses
Microsporium mix
pets & farm animals
Monilia Sitophilia
Breads and Pastries
Mucor Racemosus
barnyards, decaying life, meat or veg
Parasites on Mushrooms
Green plants, i.e. corn & grasses
Plant rot, cheese, fruit, breads, leather, fabrics (Penicillin)
Paecilomyces Varioti
Damp Paper, decaying vegetable matter
Books, paints containing lead, green plants
Plastics, paint, (bathroom tiles)
Bread, cured meats, tubors, (root veggies)
Bread, wine, cheese, beer
Decayed wood, potatoes
Paper, wood, canvas, cotton fabrics


Stachybotrys chartarum
grows on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. constant moisture required for its growth.
Torula (Rhodotorula)
Oysters, candy bars
Decaying wood
Mice, dogs, cats, horses, rats, cattle, etc


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