Black Jelly Drops Bulgaria inquinans (Persoon) Fries  Synonyms: Rubber Buttons.

Status:

Found in small to large clusters on decaying logs and stumps of hardwoods (especially oak).

Description:

Cup- to saucer-shaped; sessile or attached to substrate by short stalk. Outer (infertile) surface: brown to reddish-brown, scurfy; inner (fertile) surface: black, smooth, shiny; flesh: rubbery, gelatinous. Compare Hairy Rubber Cup (Galiella rufa). (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 5 records in the project database.

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Black Jelly Drops (cluster of young fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2019). Determined by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/14/2019). Verified by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/14/2019). Verified by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops in Howard Co., Maryland (6/27/2019). Image shows the exterior of a slightly older fruiting body cluster. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops (maturing fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/27/2019). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops (mature fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2019). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Black Jelly Drops specimen in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/14/2019). Determined by Anne Looker and verified by Jo and Bob Solem. Spores kidney-shaped, smooth. Immature: hyaline, multigullate; mature: dark brown, unigullate; measured 7.8-12.5 x 4.8-6.3. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Black Jelly Drops specimen in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/14/2019). Asci with spores in different stages of maturity in various positions within the ascus. Determined by Anne Looker and verified by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Black Jelly Drops in Howard Co., Maryland (6/27/2019). Microphotograph shows a mix of asci (fingerlike objects containing spores) and spores (ellipsoid/almond-shaped, one side flattened, smooth, dark brown when mature, gray-brown when immature; mature measured 11.1-12.8 X 6.3-6.8 microns). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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