Dacryopinax spathularia (Schwein.) G.W. Martin
Fan-shaped jelly fungus
This fungus is a common North American native. Spathul- means “little spade” or “little blade,” a reference to its shape.
Identification: The fruiting bodies are less than ⅞" (2.5 cm) tall, growing in clusters or rows along cracks in decaying wood; often the wood has lost its bark. Each fruiting body has a curved fan-like shape, thin in cross-section and widening toward the top. They are translucent and bright yellow-orange in color, and are gelatinous to the touch.
Edibility: Edible. Used occasionally in Chinese cuisine. But these can be confused with inedible species, so don’t try them if you are not certain of their identity.
Dacryopinax spathularia on AmericanMushrooms.com
Dacryopinax spathularia by Gary Emberger at Messiah College
Dacryopinax spathularia on the Mushroom Observer
Dacryopinax spathularia at Wisconsin Mushrooms
Dacryopinax spathularia on Wikimedia Commons
Dacryopinax spathularia at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens
Dacryopinax spathularia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Sep 2021.