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Tremella aurantia

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Tremella aurantia

With old fruiting bodies of Stereum hirsutum. 4 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Multiple leaf like lobes, bright orange, becoming paler with age, to about 15 cm across

Flesh

Gelatinous, yellow

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Rarely recorded

Habitat

Parasitic on Stereum hirsutum, on dead wood from broadleaf trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (5.5-9) x (4.5-7) µm2

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

This fungus is macroscopically very similar to Tremella mesenterica. The relative occurrence of the two species is unknown, and many records of the latter fungus may be misidentifications.

Additional Photographs

Tremella aurantia

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objection. 4 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella aurantia

On oak, with the host fungus. Hampshire 9 January 2021. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella aurantia

Spores in Congo Red solution viewed with a x100 immersion objection. 9 January 2021 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin