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ushrooms of North America
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Jelly Fungi

 

Is it not stalked, earlike, cuplike or irregular masses of no particular form; always on wood? ............     ...........................

Yes

Is it as stalked clubs, sometimes with inflated heads, spoon-shaped with teeth or fan-shaped, grows on wood or ground?

Yes

 

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Does it have  yellow cups or pustules growing in groups in conifer wood during the spring; grows in the West?

Yes

Does it grow in jelly-like masses of earlike yellow, orange, or brown? ................................  ...............   ...........................

Yes

 

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You have a Guepiniopsis alpinus

 

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Does it have brown to gray-brown lobes; a wrinkled fruiting body?

Yes

Does it grow in yellow to orange jelly-like masses?

Yes

 

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Is it large, 1" to 6' long, ear-shaped, lobed, sometimes wrinkled, tough, cinnamon-brown?  ........................  .............................

Yes

Is it smaller, 1" - 2.5", irregular, branched and lobed to wrinkled; soft, very thin, dark brown, covered with large warts?

Yes

 

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You have an Auricularia auricula

 

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You have an Exida glandulosa

 

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Is it yellow-orange, firm with a white base, collapses when dried?

Yes

Is it orange to golden-yellow, horny when dried, base not white?

Yes

 

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You have an Dacrymyces palmatus

 

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You have an Tremella mesentrica

 

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Is it slender, coral-like, cylindrical, branched, orange-yellow, pliant; viscid stalks; grows on conifer wood?

Yes

Is not coral-like; has an expanded distinctive head? .......................   .............................  ........................  ......................

Yes

 

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You have a Calocera viscosa

 

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Is it gelatinous, dull whitish, translucent with small white teeth; often spoon-shaped?

Yes

Is it funnel-shaped to fan-shaped without teeth, pink to rose, firm gelatinous; grows on the ground?

Yes

 

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You have a Psuedohydym gelatinosum

 

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You have a Phlogiotis helvelloides

 

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