Common Names: Jelly drops, purple jellydisc
Sub-category: Jelly Fungus
This common fungus appears as a gelatinous mass of pinkish or purple-colored discs. This fungus is characterized by a fruiting body with a pinkish-purple color and more or less gelatinous consistency. The apothecia, typically 0.5 to 1.5 cm in diameter, starts with a roughly spherical shape, then eventually flattens out to become shallowly cup-shaped with a wavy edge and smooth upper surface. The lower surface may be covered with small particles (granular), and the apothecia are either attached directly to the growing surface (sessile), or have a rudimentary stem. The apothecia are accompanied by a conidial form, where non-sexual spores are generated. The conidial form consists of sporodochia, a cushion-like asexual fruiting body mass consisting of short conidiophores (specialized stalks that bear conidia). The sporodochia are similar in color and consistency to the apothecia but very variable in shape, typically club-, spoon-, or tongue-shaped, and bearing minute, cylindrical, straight or curved conidia. As the fungus matures and the apothecia enlarge and press against each other, the apothecia coalesce to form a gelatinous, irregular mass. The flesh, similar to the appearance of the fungus, is pinkish-purple and gelatinous. It is a saprobic fungus and grows in clusters on the trunks and branches of a variety of dead woods.