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Golden Jelly fungus

Tremella mesenterica

Description:

Hydrated and Dehydrated jelly fungi

Habitat:

treated wooden plank these fungi do not decay wood but rather feed on other wood decaying fungi

Notes:

Beautiful orange jelly fungus do not have stems nor gills but have the amazing ability to absorb up to 60% of their mass in water after just a short shower. To me they closely resemble soft coral and after research I found there is a variety of elk-horn fungi just like the coral. This is new and interesting for here as we don't receive much rain but after a shower these sprung up quite unexpectedly. Apparently they are edible but I don't think I will try but I have new found respect for the fungus kingdom and actually search for them now.

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2 Comments

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

@Clive Shirley i saw that name too is there any distinction to separate them im not sure if yours is right or mine help much appreciated

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Interesting fungus especially the water-holding bit. Let us know if you change your mind and taste them.

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Spotted on Oct 13, 2011
Submitted on Dec 30, 2011

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