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Porcelain fungus

Oudemansiella mucida


The caps of this lovely mushroom are rounded and tend to remain broadly domed rather than completely flat as the fruiting bodies mature. The caps can grow 2 to 8 cm in diameter are semi-transparent and white. The gills show through the thin cap flesh, giving the margin a striate appearance. A mucous slime covers the cap during wet weather. The gills of the Porcelain fungus are translucent white at first, sometimes developing an ochre tint as the fruiting body ages, adnate, broad and very distant. The stems are 3 to 7 mm in diameter, up to 8 cm long, and often curved so as to bring the cap to the horizontal in situations where large tufts of Porcelain fungi are attached to a small area of the host. The stems are slender, with a substantial stem ring. Above the ring the stem is white, below the ring it is slightly striate and greyish.


Oudemansiella mucida occurs throughout northern Europe, but in southern Europe where beech is not found the Porcelain fungus is also absent. It is saprobic on stumps, trunks and branches of dead beech trees and also weakly parasitic upon living beech trees, often very high up.


Spotted in Nieuwe Rande in rural area of Deventer, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Jae 5 years ago

Thanks a million, Ashley and PN, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you too, sunnyjosef, Antonio and venusflytrap for the kind words.

CalebSteindel 5 years ago

Congrats, Jae!

Great achivement Jae,this beautiful porcelain fungus series is perfect,congrats on the second place and thanks for sharing

sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Congrats Jae...

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Jae, your glowing Porcelain Fungus placed 2nd in the fungi category for the Best of 2015! Here is the link for the '2016 Best Wildlife Photo mission so you can add more fantastic spottings for this year!


Jae 5 years ago

Thank you, Ashley. That is awesome news and such an honor.

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Jae, your beautiful Porcelain fungus has made the top 10 fungi spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 fungi spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 4th. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10!

Jae 6 years ago

Thank you very much, Ingrid :)

Ingrid3 6 years ago

Excellent lighting! Very fine image!

Jae 6 years ago

Thank you too for your kind comment, armadeus. Yes there's indeed a cross spider web attached to it :)

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Is that a spider web attached to the lip of the top? Looks awesome from underneath! Thank you for sharing :)

Jae 6 years ago

Thank you, Fyn, for your comment and the nomination.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Jae 6 years ago

My pleasure, Antonio, and thank you too.

Beautiful series Jae,congrats and thanks for sharing

Jae 6 years ago

Yes I agree it's a cool looking mushroom :) And thank you for your comment, riannasicheran.

riannasicheran 6 years ago


Spotted by

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

Spotted on Sep 26, 2015
Submitted on Sep 26, 2015

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