Yellow Stagshorn

Calocera viscosa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Yellow Stagshorn Calocera viscosa (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 65% life size) Fruit body 3–10cm high, dichotomously branched; deep golden to orange-yellow, drying more orange; gelatinous, tough. Spores 9–12×3.5–4.5¼, elliptical to slightly sausage-shaped, becoming 1-septate at maturity; white. Basidia resembling tuning-forks. Habitat on conifer stumps and roots, very firmly attached; autumn. Very common. Not edible. Note easily confused with Clavaria species