Observation 64796: Craterocolla cerasi (Schumach.) Bref.

When: 2011-03-26

Collection location: Sauvie Island, Multnomah Co. & Columbia Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sava Krstic (sava)

Specimen available

Pinkish-orange jelly. Spores rough, of various sizes, from almost circular (9 × 8, 6 × 5) to 8 × 5 microns. Couldn’t see any basidia.

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1000x, Melzer’s
1000x, Melzer’s
1000x, Melzer’s

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-91% (2)
Recognized by sight: Brown
Based on microscopic features: Spore size, shape and color matches

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By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2011-03-27 14:00:10 PDT (-0700)

Thanks a lot for the ID! This is enlightening, but confusing too - I didn’t anticipate I would need to go into pycnospores, hypo- and epibasidia when started collecting. Now it seems I need to do some reading.

According to MatchMaker/Key Council, C. cerasi is known in the Pacific NorthWest, and the descriptions given there seems a good match. These jellies were indeed growing on the bark of Populus (cottonwood), on “large dead branches or trunks, fallen, and lodged on shrubs”.

I added some close-ups and crappy microshots. The “banana clusters” (spores) in the third micrograph are from the little (disc-like) guys.

The subglobose elements
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-03-27 09:36:23 PDT (-0700)

are probably not spores, these are more likely the basidia!
The size and shape of them, as vell as the colour, size and shape of the fruitbodies, fits well with Craterocolla cerasi. Look at the small ones, they remind of ascomycetes..

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By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2011-03-27 09:14:07 PDT (-0700)
By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2011-03-27 09:05:42 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the ID. My microshot is awful, but the spores looked rough to me, and in T. foliacea they should be smooth [Arora, MD]. Will try to look at it later, if I get time.

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