Tremella mesenterica


Common Names: Witches' butter, yellow brain, golden jelly fungus, yellow trembler
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Jelly Fungus

The gelatinous, orange-yellow fruit body of the fungus, which can grow up to 7.5 cm diameter, has a convoluted or lobed surface that is greasy or slimy when damp. Within a few days after rain it dries into a thin film or shriveled mass capable of reviving after subsequent rain.

This fungus occurs widely in broadleaf and mixed forests, on dead, but still attached fallen branches and logs. It grows in crevices in bark, appearing during rainy weather.

Edible Notes: Although considered bland and flavorless, the fungus is edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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