Observation 170674: Fistulina hepatica (Schaeff.) With.

One fb 12" above ground on 16" diameter standing hardwood with no bark, suspect Elm. I would not have removed it had I realized what it was.

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Side view matching section below
View from above
Longitudonal section with back to left, matching whole fb above. Note cap margin at lower left at notch.

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I agree
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-07-21 19:48:38 CDT (-0400)

with you all. I think Danny was the first. The texture / pattern of red dots looks just like Fistulina. Thank you very much!

Hi Martin…
By: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)
2014-07-21 14:09:16 CDT (-0400)

nice find!

Looks like Fistulina.
By: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)
2014-07-21 14:08:14 CDT (-0400)

Rhodotus starts as a mushroom primordia baby button and exudes pink juice.

By: Mushroom Viper
2014-07-21 12:40:24 CDT (-0400)

Certainly looks fistulina, besides the exudate. My experience in Beefsteaks is only in the California region, though. I have found small beefsteaks regularly exuding a reddish sweat, but haven’t seen this cream-colored exudate before… Neat. Love to know what causes/constitutes it.

No trace
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-07-20 20:43:55 CDT (-0400)

of gills or stem. How could this be R. palmatus?

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-07-20 18:39:42 CDT (-0400)

I was a little startled when I saw this.., perplexed…, etc. As I settled into the picture taking, I kept wondering – is that jelly? hard? finally I touched the top and was alarmed again to feel it was squishy – but a little pressure proved that it was not going lightly- I pushed hard, it dropped into my hand, rolled over, and I saw the margin of the cap ring the point of attachment. I knew immediately the identity. I could not find any evidence of a fb elsewhere or on the many down trees, all of which suddenly looked like elm…, Hopefully the fb will grow back with the time left in the season. I did not make the section until I got home. The orientation of the section matches the 1st photo, but I don’t see much in it’s structure. It should be a folded up gill mushroom – I reckon…,

Strange photo
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-07-20 17:53:02 CDT (-0400)

But beautiful!

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