Public Description of Dacrymyces chrysospermus Berk. & M.A. Curtis

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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Dacrymycetes
Order: Dacrymycetales
Family: Dacrymycetaceae

General Description:

Watery, orange, irregularly-lobed jelly fungus.3 5 10 11


Asia,9 Europe,8 North America.1 3 5 8 10 11


On conifers.1 3 5 8 10 11

Look Alikes:

Tremella aurantia, Tremella mesenterica.
Dacrymyces chrysospermus grows on conifers10 11, attached by a small white base1 3 11 and has two-spored “tuning fork” basidia.10
Tremella aurantia grows on hardwood,11 typically on Stereum hirsutum,11 and has four-spored basidia.11
Tremella mesenterica also grows on hardwood3 10 11 and has four-spored basidia.3 10 11


Some sources say it’s edible.1 3 5 11


1 Arora, Mushrooms Demystified (Ten Speed Press 2d ed. 1986) (Dacrymyces palmatus)

2 Berkeley, M.J. 1873. “Notices of North American fungi (cont.)”. Grevillea 2(no. 14): 20

3 Gibson, Trial field key to PILEATE JELLY FUNGI in the Pacific Northwest (2008)

4 Index Fungorum record 141916

5 Lincoff, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms (Alfred A. Knopf 1981) (Dacrymyces palmatus)

7 MycoBank #141916

8 Rogers Mushrooms, Dacrymyces palmatus

9 T. Shirouzu, D. Hirose, and S. Tokumasu. “Taxonomic Study of the Japanese Dacrymycetes .” Persoonia, 2009.

10 Trudell & Ammirati, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, 272 (Timber Press 2009) (Dacrymyces palmatus)

11 Wood & Stevens, The Fungi of California, Dacrymyces chrysospermus (a MykoWeb Page)


Common name: Orange jelly5, one of several fungi commonly named “Witches butter”11
See Comments to Dacrymyces chrysospermus re synonomy of Dacrymyces palmatus.

Description author: Joseph D. Cohen (Request Authorship Credit)