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Small Stagshorn

Calocera cornea


Look for Calocera cornea after heavy rains on the barkless, dead wood of oaks and other hardwoods, where it appears as clusters of slick, cylindric fruiting bodies with rounded-off or somewhat sharpened tips. In fact it looks more like a tiny club fungus than a jelly fungus, but microscopic examination reveals the distinctive Y-shaped basidia that characterize members of the Dacrymycetales--a large group within the jelly fungi. Description: Ecology: Saprobic; growing scattered to gregariously on the barkless wood of hardwoods (especially oaks); summer and fall; widely distributed in North America. Fruiting Body: Cylindric, with rounded to sharpened tips; occasionally shallowly forked near the tip; to about 2 cm high and 3 mm thick; smooth and slick; firm but gelatinous; orangish yellow. Spore Print: White to yellowish ( http://www.mushroomexpert.com/calocera_c... )


location: North America, Europe edibility: Inedible fungus colour: White to cream, Yellow normal size: Less than 5cm cap type: Other stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent flesh: Mushroom slimy or sticky spore colour: White, cream or yellowish habitat: Grows on wood Calocera cornea (Batsch ex Fr.) Fr. Zäher Hörnling Small Stagshorn Fruit body 4–10mm high, awl-shaped, rarely forked, tough-gelatinous, yellow when fresh drying more orange. Spores white, sausage-shaped, 7–10×3–4µ. Basidia shaped like tuning-forks. Habitat crowded on twigs and branches of deciduous trees. Season all year. Frequent. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe ( http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/D... )


Calocera cornea is a jelly fungus that grows on decaying wood. It is a member of the Dacrymycetales, an order of fungi characterized by their unique "tuning fork" basidia. Its yellow, finger-like, tapering basidiocarps are somewhat gelatinous in texture. In typical specimens the basidiocarps become up to 3 mm in diameter, and 2 cm in height. The hymenium covers the sides of the basidiocarps, each basidium producing and forcibly discharging only two basidiospores ----wikipedia , -----( http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Caloc... )

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Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands

Lat: 50.88, Long: 5.99

Spotted on Dec 17, 2011
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

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