Dacrymyces chrysospermus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Dacrymyces chrysospermus (Bull.) Tul. (illustrated 55% life size) Fruit body 1–2.5cm high, 1–6cm wide, a large, lobed, brain-like mass with a white rooting attachment at the base; bright orange to deep orange-red; horny when dry. Flesh tough and gelatinous at first, becoming softer, finally melting away. Spores 17–25×6–8¼, cylindrical to sausage-shaped, smooth, becoming 8- to 10-celled; yellowish. Habitat on coniferous wood; summer to autumn. Very rare. Not edible.

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