Dacrymyces chrysospermus (Dacrymyces palmatus)                   (3 Photos and Description)

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Dacrymyces chrysospermus (aka Dacrymyces palmatus) is variously lobbed, depending on how much water it is holding, generally more egg-yoke yellow and is attached to dead conifer wood by a white mycelial cord. Tremella mesenterica, a jelly fungus in the Tremellales order is generally less yellow-orange - unless in a dried up state - more amorphous overall - especially when full of water. It grows on barked hardwood sticks. People eat them both for texture rather than taste - best in Chinese-style soups. Will spit, spatter  and almost instantly disappear if put on a hot fry pan. Those are the two most common yellow jellies. There are several others which we encounter in the region - just to confuse things further for amateur mycophiles.

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