Observation 51241: Tremellodendron G.F. Atk.

When: 2010-08-17

Collection location: Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

I think thjis may be a coral being parasitized by a Hypomyces.

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I do not have any notes realted to this obs.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-02-19 11:00:17 PST (-0800)

But I know T. pallidum very well. During some summers it is quite abundant in my local woods. So I am familiar with the tough, somewhat rigid, and yet flexible nature of the context.

Perhaps the fuzzy stuff seen between the branches in this obs is a parasitic fungus, and this has caused the tips of the branches to develop abnormally? Actually, here’s an old post of mine (made under an old MO name) that shows a few of the tips developing dark points. So maybe this is a feature of mature to post-mature T. pallidum?

So I would not rule out T. pallidum. I think I had actually thought the fuzzy stuff to be more interesting when I made this post a few years ago. Sorry for the lack of details necessary for anything close to closure here.

Were these tough?
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2013-02-19 05:11:54 PST (-0800)

Tremellodendron should be very tough.

The Tremellodendron species…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-02-19 04:53:09 PST (-0800)

that I often encounter is T. pallidum. The growth habit of the fused cluster seen in this obs does resemble T. pallidum. But the tips of the branches look different than T. pallidum, pointed rather than the flattened short-branched tips of T. pallidum.

In closeup, fuzzy white stuff is seen between the branches. I suspect this is a Hypomyces, or maybe some other type of fungus-on-fungus parasite. Is there a Tremellodendron species that normally exhibits this fuzziness on the fruit body?

My “promising” vote for the Calvariaceae proposal relates to the cluster, and not the fuzz.

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