WITCHES BUTTER

Tremella mesenterica
JELLY FUNGI FAMILY (Tremellaceae)

Description
This is a bright yellow, gelatinous fungus. It forms tight clusters up to 4 inches wide and an inch high. It is of a gelatinous consistency and when young and fresh composed of lobes or brainlike sections, but becomes shapeless as it ages or in wet weather. It sometimes becomes tough and crustlike when it dries out.

Occurrence
It is found occasionally during spring and summer on hardwood branches, mainly on the flood plains of Fontenelle Forest. This fungus can be found during warming winter thaws and throughout cool, wet springs.

Comments
It also appears to be parasitic on other mushrooms still growing inside the bark. It is also known as Yellow Witch’s Butter.

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