Growing on dead wood in deciduous forest, right above a creek. Round stem, pubescent. Whole bodies about 1cm tall, gelatinous. Caps flattened out to form a lobed fan shaped structure. (Notes from initial collection).
Scoped dried specimen on 8.3.15: Microscopy strongly indicates original ID of Dacryopinax elegans correct. Used following reference for microscopy:

Kuo, M. (2015, July). Dacryopinax elegans. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:

Used following reference material for macro observations from Mycobank (MB# 285969)

Literature :
Berkeley, M.J.; Curtis, M.A. 1849. Decades of fungi. Decades XXIII and XXIV. North and South Carolina Fungi. Hooker’s Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany. 1:234-239

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Description type :
Original description

Description :
239. Guepinia elegans, Berk. and Curt.; pileo late spathulato tenuissimo fulvo velutino; stipite concolori subcylindrico hirtello; hymenio succineo-fusco laevi. Curt. No. 1024.
Hab. On decaying logs. Santee River. Mr. Ravenel.
Pileus 1/3-1/2 an inch broad, broadly spathulate, or even flabelliform, sometimes lobed, velvety, tawny brown, obscurely ciliated, very thin. Stem subcylindrical, 1/3 of an inch high, 1/2 a line thick, tawny, clothed with rather coarser down than that of the pileus. Hymenium yellow-brown, even, at first obliquely subcupula’form.
This exquisite production has somewhat the habit of Guepinia Helvelloides, but differs in size, colour, and other points. It is one of the most interesting contributions to American Fungi.

Taxon name :
1. Dacryopinax elegans (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) G.W. Martin, Lloydia 11 (2): 116 (1948) [MB#285969]
2. Guepinia elegans Berk. & M.A. Curtis, Hooker’s Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany 1: 239 (1849) [MB#189637]

Species Lists


Tuning fork basidia
Hairs on stipe: brown in KOH
Filiform like elements from stipe in KOH.
Spore from squash mount w/ x1 septa.
Spores from squash mount, presumably immature.
Spores from squash mount, presumably immature.
Pileus context in KOH.

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I rescind my suspicion.
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2015-08-03 17:59:12 MST (-0700)

Not sure why I had it in the first place… This looks plenty like D. elegans.

Hi Danny,
By: Luke Smithson (Mycofreak )
2015-08-03 10:36:16 MST (-0700)

Check out the microscopy I did on this mushroom. It lines up with my originally proposed name, as does the original macro description.