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Dacrymyces palmatus

 

Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter

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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 palmatus on Mykoweb.com: the Fungi of California

Dacrymyces palmatus by Gary Emberger at Messiah College

Dacrymyces palmatus on MorelMushroomHunting.com

Dacrymyces palmatus on RogersMushrooms.com

Dacrymyces palmatus on Wikimedia Commons

Dacrymyces palmatus on Taste of the Wild

Dacrymyces palmatus on CalPhotos

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

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

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 2½ × 2½" (6.7 × 7.3 cm)

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

[Might also be Fan-shaped Jelly Fungus, Dacryopinax spathularia.] · 11/20/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces palmatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

Or Orange Jelly Fungus (Dacrymyces palmatus)? · 5/23/2009 · West Fork of Oak Creek Trail, AZ
≈ 3 × 2" (8 × 5.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

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

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

10/2/2010 · Raymondskill Falls, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.7 × 7.9 cm)

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

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

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

6/15/2007 · By Kathleen Williamson

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

8/2/2008 · Flying Mountain, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 1¾ × 1¼" (4.9 × 3.5 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

[Might also be Fan-shaped Jelly Fungus, Dacryopinax spathularia.] · 11/20/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly Fungus, Witch’s Butter)

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