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Free Images of Fabulous Fungi
Yellow & Orange Jelly Fungi 

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*** Warning ***

I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Yellow & Orange Jelly Fungi 

I am having difficulty distinguishing between Dacrymyces palmatus known as "Orange Jelly" and a similar species called Tremella mesenterica, which is "Witch's Butter".  To confuse the matter, some combine the two common names and call D. palmatus as "Orange Witch's Butter".  A third similar species is Dacrypinax spathularia.  

My comparison below points out to us that D. palmatus is more orange in colour and fruits on conifer wood.  T. mesenterica is more yellow and fruits on hardwood.  D. spathularia is distinguished by a distinct fan shape.

The images below were taken after a prolonged period of rain. 

 

Dacrymyces palmatus
[Orange Jelly, 
Orange Witch's Butter]

Fruiting Bodies:  

- 2-6 cm long by 1-3 cm tall;
- slimy, soft, gelatinous;
- orange to orange-yellow;
- shaped like a spatula but becoming lobed or multi-lobed & convoluted;
- resemble a "brain";
- common & widespread;

- fruits on dead conifer logs & stumps;

Tremella mesenterica
[Witch's Butter]


Fruiting Bodies:

- 2-10 cm long;
- irregular, lobed, gelatinous;
- yellow, fading to pale yellow or whitish;
- shiny when wet, otherwise dull;
- dries to a stiff, hard crust which revives with moisture;

- common & widespread;
- fruits on twigs & logs of hardwoods during wet periods.

Dacrypinax spathularia
[Fan-Shaped Jelly Fungus]


Fruiting Bodies:

- 5-20 mm tall;
- bright orange to orange-yellow:
- smooth, gelatinous;
- fan-shaped forms that emerge from wood without bark;

- widespread but not common;
- fruits in clusters or rows emerging from cracks in wood.

 

 

orange yellow slime jelly fungi dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 1    Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1]

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orange yellow slime jelly fungi dacrymyces palmatus that looks like brain

Orange Jelly - 2   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1]

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orange yellow slime jelly fungi

Orange Jelly - 3    Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1]

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orange yellow slime jelly fungi dacrymyces palmatus on wood log

Orange Jelly - 4
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1

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orange jelly emering from crack in wood

Orange Jelly - 5
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1]
Under other circumstances, I might consider these to be Dacrypinax spathularia,
but they were photographed on the same Log #1 as the images above.

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orange jelly dacrymyces palmatus from wood crack

Orange Jelly - 6   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in June - Log #1]
Under other circumstances, I might consider these to be Dacrypinax spathularia,
but they were photographed on the same Log #1 as the images above.

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dots of orange jelly fungi on rotting log

Orange Jelly - 7   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed at first in Northern Ontario in May on Log #2 after a rainy period.
Upon next inspection, the fruiting bodies were gone, only to appear later as below.
Fruiting on a conifer.]

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dots of orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 8   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed at first in Northern Ontario in May on Log #2 after a rainy period.
Upon next inspection, the fruiting bodies were gone, only to appear later as below.
Fruiting on a conifer.]

Medium - 640 x 480  Right click on above image and chose "save as".

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dots of orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 9   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed at first in Northern Ontario in May on Log #2 after a rainy period.
Upon next inspection, the fruiting bodies were gone, only to appear later as below.
Fruiting on a conifer.]

Medium - 640 x 480  Right click on above image and chose "save as".

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dots of orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 17  Dacrymyces palmatus?
[Photographed at first in Northern Ontario in May on Log #2 after a rainy period.
Upon next inspection, the fruiting bodies were gone, only to appear later as below.
Fruiting on a conifer.]

Medium - 640 x 480  Right click on above image and chose "save as".

 Large - 4608 x 3456  -  For the full-size resolution of this image click here.

 

 

orange jelly fungus on rotting wood

Orange Jelly - 10   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[After a period of dry weather, and their apparent disappearance, these specimens again reappeared on Log #2 after a few days of rain.  Fruiting on a conifer.]

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round orange blobs on rotting wood log

Orange Jelly - 11  Dacrymyces palmatus?
[After a period of dry weather, and their apparent disappearance, these specimens again reappeared on Log #2 after a few days of rain.  Fruiting on a conifer.]

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orange round jelly slime on rotting wood

Orange Jelly - 12   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[After a period of dry weather, and their apparent disappearance, these specimens again reappeared on Log #2 after a few days of rain.  Fruiting on a conifer.]

Medium - 640 x 480  Right click on above image and chose "save as".

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dots of orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 13   Dacrymyces palmatus?
[After a period of dry weather, and their apparent disappearance, these specimens again reappeared on Log #2 after a few days of rain.  Fruiting on a conifer.]

Medium - 640 x 480  Right click on above image and chose "save as".

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orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 14
[Photographed in Southern Ontario in July]

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 orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus

Orange Jelly - 15
[Photographed in Southern Ontario in July]

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orange jelly fungi on rotting log Dacrymyces palmatus wild ontario

Orange Jelly - 16
[Photographed in Southern Ontario in July]

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