Tremella mesenterica Auricularia auricula

Jelly fungi

        Jelly fungi produce fruiting bodies that have the appearance of being gelatinous, although some examples are actually tough and rubbery instead of being soft and jelly-like. Fruiting bodies come in wide variety of different shapes and forms, but those of a number of the more common species are irregular to often convoluted. Many examples are quite colorful. Members of the group are most apparent during or just after a period of rainy weather. Most are decomposers of bark and wood, but several species are actually parasites of wood-decomposing fungi.

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