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COMMON JELLYSPOT (Fungus)

Dacrymyces stillatus

Dacrymyces Family [Dacrymycetaceae]  

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10th July 2009, Deciduous woods, Rosthwaite, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A widespread and common orange-yellow jelly fungus (in the top UK 100 charts). Growing on a sawn-off tree-stump. Found after wet periods and thereafter throughout the year.


10th July 2009, Deciduous woods, Rosthwaite, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
It is semi-translucent and gelatinous, very short and yellow, but dries a darker shade. Occasionally white forms are found.


10th July 2009, Deciduous woods, Rosthwaite, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Grows on the decayed wood of deciduous or coniferous trees. Forms either a flattish cushion, knob and sometimes a cup-shape - there are several with circular depresssions at the top visible in the photo here. Several may coalesce into an amorphous brain-shaped mass. At first smooth but undulating, but later wrinkles. It deliquesces into a glutinous slimy mess when older.


Related to : Yellow Stagshorn Fungus (Calocera pallipdospathulata) but is much shorter and is in a differing genus (Calocera) although in the same Family (Dacrymycetaceae) and also to Small Stagshorn (Calocera cornea) which is slightly shorter and thorn-shaped. Both of the above can be confused with this fungus, and here might have been.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : Grows on dead wood, is yellow or orange-yellow and appears as short oddly-shaped stumps or clubs, some of which are slightly flattened, between 0.5 to 1.5 cm tall.


  Dacrymyces stillatus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Dacrymycetaceae  

COMMON JELLYSPOT (Fungus)

Dacrymyces stillatus

Dacrymycets Family [Dacrymycetaceae]  

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