Observation 313213: Ascomycota Caval.-Sm.

Please help me to identify this odd fungus! I will be forever in your debt, (lol).

MACRO FEATURES: Cap: 2 -4 mm, orange, convex, gelatinous, growing on two small branches in mixed deciduous (predominently beech, oak, poplar, maple) and hemlock woods.

Stipe: 2 mm in length, slightly darker orange than cap, fairly tough.

Comments: First photo was taken on warm February day. I brought one branch home and left it out on my deck. I observed the caps drying up and then reappearing in cold rainy weather with the branch being quite water soaked. On 3/25/2018, I dug the branch out from under 6 inches of snow. I found the fungus growing quite well without being frozen. The caps were moist and pliable.

I apologize. I do not yet have measurements to go along with microscopy pictures.

John Dawson has mentioned this may be a mitosporic species. I’m finding it difficult to obtain information on these.

Should I have sequenced?



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