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Dacrymyces chrysospermus

Orange jelly fungus

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusDacrymyces
Specieschrysospermus

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Identification: This fungus inhabits dead pine trees whose bark has fallen away. It is shiny, bright yellow-orange, and lobed and convoluted, looking a bit like the surface of the brain. It dries to a reddish-orange or dark red-brown color, with a tough outer membrane. Fruiting bodies are ⅜-2" (1-6 cm) x ⅞" (2.5 cm). Although Tremella aurantia and Tremella mesenterica appear similar, but they are more yellow in color, and they fruit on hardwood trees which still have their bark, rather than on dead conifers.

Edibility:Edible, but flavorless.

Online References:

Dacrymyces chrysospermus on Mykoweb.com: the Fungi of California

Dacrymyces chrysospermus by Gary Emberger at Messiah College

Dacrymyces chrysospermus on

Dacrymyces chrysospermus on Wikimedia Commons

Dacrymyces chrysospermus on Taste of the Wild

Dacrymyces chrysospermus on CalPhotos

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

3/17/2016 · Kibby’s Climb, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 6 × 4" (16 × 10 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

9/29/2012 · Franconia Falls Trail, Franconia Notch, New Hamp­shire
≈ 1¼ × 1¼" (3.7 × 3.5 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 4 × 3½" (9.9 × 9.7 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

11/20/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

3/17/2016 · Kibby’s Climb, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 5 × 4" (12 × 10 cm)

 

Dacrymyces chrysospermus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Sep 2021.

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Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

9/29/2012 · Franconia Falls Trail, Franconia Notch, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3½ × 4" (9.2 × 11 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

9/18/2016 · Barred Island Preserve, Deer Isle, Maine

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

10/2/2010 · Raymondskill Falls, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Penn­syl­vania
≈ 3 × 2" (7.4 × 5.7 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

9/29/2012 · Franconia Falls Trail, Franconia Notch, New Hamp­shire
≈ 1¼ × 1" (3.3 × 3 cm)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

8/2/2008 · Flying Mountain, Bar Harbor, Maine
≈ 1½ × 1" (3.9 × 2.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

11/20/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (orange jelly fungus)

10/5/2012 · Willard Brook State Park, Townsend, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 3 × 3" (7.5 × 8.5 cm)