A strange jelly fungus that was brought into the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair. It seems similar to the Tremella pulvinaria pictured in the Fungi of Japan or T. encephala mentioned in Mushrooms Demystified.
There is a nice picture of T. encephala in Fungi of Switzerland vol. 2 and I saw a similar collection this year at SOMA Camp which was cut in half to show the internal structure. Since I can’t verify for sure whether or not these ones had the internal structure, I’m going to assume they did and use this name since I now feel confident that they at least occur in California.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:56:47 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA’ to ‘Santa Cruz, California, USA’
Would the drenching rains prior to collection of the Santa Cruz fungi have had an effect on the color of this jelly? And if so, how can you ID it just from a photo? I am unfamiliar with encephala, and don’t own the Swiss books; what are the macro characteristics?