Fruiting body 5-15 cm broad, globose to cushion-shaped, a mass of ruffled, leaf-like blades fused to a common base; surface viscid in wet weather, otherwise moist, individual blades variously wrinkled to folded, upper and lower surfaces fertile; color: dull brownish-vinaceous to cinnamon-brown, darkening in age; context thin, somewhat translucent, rubbery; odor and taste mild.
Spores 7-8.5 x 6-8.5 µm, subglobose to oval, smooth, nonamyloid; spores cream to pale-yellowish in deposit; basidia longitudinally septate.
Usually solitary on downed hardwood logs and branches; fruiting from mid to late winter.
Edible; lacking in flavor, sometimes used in soups.
Fruiting bodies of
can grow to startling proportions, softball size or larger, a spectacular find for collectors used to seeing small globs of Yellow Witches Butter (
).Although unlikely to be confused with other jellys, large specimens resemble somewhat
, a member of the coral fungi group. The latter, however, has a much firmer texture, is ochraceous, not brown, and usually grows at the base of conifers, not directly on wood.
Breitenbach, J. & Kränzlin, F.
(1986). Fungi of Switzerland. Volume 2: Non-Gilled Fungi. Verlag Mykologia: Luzern, Switzerland. 412 p.
Desjardin, D.E., Wood, M.G. & Stevens, F.A.
(2015). California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide. Timber Press: Portland, OR. 560 p.
Ellis, M.B. & Ellis, J.P.
(1990). Fungi without Gills (Hymenomycetes and Gasteromycetes). Chapman and Hall: London, England. 329 p.
(1971). Flora Neotropica, Monograph No. 6, Tremellales. Hafner Publishing Company: New York, NY. 154 p.
(1944). The Tremellales of the North Central United States and Adjacent Canada. University of Iowa: Iowa City, IA. 88 p.
(1964). Revision of the North Central Tremellales. J. Cramer: Lehre. 122 p.
. Mycologist 13-127.
(1968). The genus
in Norway. Nytt Magasin for Botanikk 15(3): 225-239.
Using these photos:
A variety of organizations and individuals have contributed photographs to CalPhotos. Please follow the usage guidelines provided with each image. Use and copyright information, as well as other details about the photo such as the date and the location, are available by clicking on the
link under the thumbnail. See also:
Using the Photos in CalPhotos