Dacrymyces palmatus

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Dacrymyces palmatus
Dacrymyces palmatus - orange jelly fungus.jpg
Orange jelly in West Berlin, Vermont
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Dacrymycetes
Order: Dacrymycetales
Family: Dacrymycetaceae
Genus: Dacrymyces
D. palmatus
Binomial name
Dacrymyces palmatus
Bres. (1904)

Dacrymyces chrysospermus Berk. & M.A. Curtis 1873

Dacrymyces palmatus (orange jelly) is a species of jelly fungi in the family Dacrymycetaceae, and is nonpoisonous.[1] It is alternately reported to be both edible[2][3] and inedible.[4]

The species is usually yellow to orange, but varies from colorless to brown. The tough fruit bodies grow from a small disc or cushion formation. It resembles species of Tremella, which are usually tougher, particularly Tremella mesenterica. It differs microscopically from species of Dacrymyces.[5]

Gelatinous fruit body of Dacrymyces palmatus on a conifer log


  1. ^ Miller Jr., Orson K.; Miller, Hope H. (2006). North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi. Guilford, CN: FalconGuides. p. 498. ISBN 978-0-7627-3109-1.
  2. ^ Lincoff GH. (1981). National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms – North America. New York: AAKnopf. p. 381. ISBN 0-394-51992-2.
  3. ^ Emberger, Gary. "Dacrymyces chrysospermus". Fungi Growing on Wood. Messiah College Oakes Museum. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  4. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 358. ISBN 978-1-55407-651-2.
  5. ^ Trudell, Steve; Ammirati, Joe (2009). Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Timber Press Field Guides. Portland, OR: Timber Press. pp. 272–273. ISBN 978-0-88192-935-5.

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