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Leafy brain

Tremella foliacea


Initially disc-like, the fruitbody soon develops irregular convoluted folds with rounded margins. Individual fruitbodies grow to between 2 and 20cm across. The leaf-like clusters of folded lobes are usually reddish-brown or pale pinkish-brown but sometimes reddish orange; gelatinous when damp, turning dark and shriveling to an inconspicuous fraction of its former size during very dry weather.


This jelly fungus grows on dead timber of broadleaf trees and conifers. It is not the dead timber that Tremella foliacea consumes but rather a kind of bracket or crust fungus that itself has been feeding on the wood. Tremella foliacea must therefore be classed as a parasitic rather than saprobic species.


Spotted in National Park Veluwezoom, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Gelderland, Netherlands

Lat: 52.05, Long: 6.02

Spotted on Oct 26, 2015
Submitted on Oct 28, 2015

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