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Common Jellyspot

Dacrymyces stillatus (Nees 1817)


This small orange jelly is abundant in the Bay Area, fruiting on the fallen branches and cones of Monterey pine (Pinus radiata). It can be distinguished from two other common jelly fungi, Dacrymyces palmatus and Tremella mesenterica by its smaller size and shape which is pulvinate (cushion-like), rather than convoluted and lobed. It is among the first fungi to appear after a rain, the dried, crust-like fruiting bodies quickly regaining their gelatinous texture. It sometimes can be found fruiting with Exidia glandulosa, Black Witches Butter


location: North America, Europe edibility: Inedible fungus colour: Yellow, Orange normal size: Less than 5cm cap type: Other stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent flesh: Flesh fibrous usually pliable (like grass), Mushroom slimy or sticky spore colour: White, cream or yellowish habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on wood --Dacrymyces stillatus Nees ex Fr. syn. Dacrymyces deliquescens (Mérat) Duby Gallerttropfen Common Jellyspot Fruit body 1–5mm across, gelatinous, more or less cushion-shaped often merging into one another, orange-yellow becoming darker reddish and wrinkled with age. Spores orange-yellow, sausage-shaped, 12–15×5–6µ, becoming three-septate. Basidia resembling tuning-forks. Habitat on damp, decaying wood. Season all year. Common. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe. ( )


.--- Fruit body 1-3.5 mm broad, sometimes appearing larger when fused with adjacent sporocarps; cushion shaped, slightly flattened, the surface knobby, but not truly lobed; context gelatinous; color variable: dull orange when fresh, in age somewhat translucent, pale dull-brown, grey-brown, olive-brown, retaining only a slight orange hue; fresh material drying rusty-brown, forming an inconspicuous crust on the substrate, capable of reviving with moisture; odor and taste mild ( ), ( stillatus ), ( )

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1 Comment

AlexKonig 9 years ago

hi clive, i have the spores or better said: that what found under the microscope, posted ( ). I'm not sure about it, will let it stand as it is for now, and when i don't find any suitable id/references or more features, to assume a species, i will take them out of the mission!! ( i hesistated to upload them, but i found more specimen at other location and they were always in the decaying logs with other slime molds.- checked first for fungi, but i began to doubt that)

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Spotted on Feb 24, 2012
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