Orange Jelly Dacrymyces chrysospermus Berkely & M.A. Curtis    Synonyms: Dacrymyces palmatus.
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Dacrymycetes   >   Order Dacrymycetales   >   Family Dacrymycetaceae   >   Genus Dacrymyces   

Description:

Fruiting body: Orange-yellow to reddish-orange; multi-lobed, irregular, spreading, gelatinous mass. Substrate identification is essential to separate this species from Witches Butter (Tremella mesenterica), which is found only on hardwoods.

Relationships:

Found in dense clusters on decaying conifers, especially pines. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 133 records in the project database.

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Orange Jelly in Howard Co., Maryland (12/30/2015). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly (Dacrymyces palmatus) on a dead pine branch in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/9/2013). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Howard Co., Maryland (12/30/2015). (c) Joanne and Robert Solem, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (11/20/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Prince George's Co., Maryland (2/14/2018). Photo by Jane Chandler. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (12/15/2020). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly spores from a specimen collected in Howard Co., Maryland (12/30/2015). Sausage-shaped w/ 7-8 septa, smooth, hyaline; measured 18.4-20.4 X 7.4-7.8 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Spores of Orange Jelly in Howard Co., Maryland (12/30/2015). (c) Joanne and Robert Solem, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (12/15/2019). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/27/2020). (c) Peter M Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Peter M Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Orange Jelly in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/30/2020). (c) kwixted0, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)


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