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Saprobic; growing on dead or decaying hardwood, especially oaks. Found widely in North America. Grows dominantly from the summer through the fall. Jelly fungi with small yellow-orange fruiting bodies. Branching is sparse with a pointed to softly round tip. Clusters often occur scattered although can appear tightly packed. This branching club fungus has no distinguishable cap, gills, or stem, as it presents as one uniform body. Typically 2 cm tall and 3 mm thick. Texture of bodies is smooth, slick, and firm yet gelnatious. This species has global distribution, and has been observed on the Indian subcontinent (Swapna et al. 2008). This species has been shown to exhibit four distinct kinds of wood decay, three forms of brown rot, and one form of white rot (Seifert 1983). C. cornea is a member of a species complex with several other Calocera species. For example, C. alba may be a color variant of C. cornea, C. mucida may be the same species as C. cornea, and Calocera subsimplex may be as well (McNabb 1965). In order to properly identify these species, molecular research is necessary due to their morphologically similar traits and overlapping phylogenetic backgrounds. ID number: 10.07.01.2021
White, Kathleen R.; Jergensen, Jacqueline A.; and Lam, Ada, "Calocera cornea" (2021). Mycological Herbarium of Macrofungi from the East Brook Valley. 31.
Location: East Brook Valley, Walton, NY (EF - Ericaceae Forest)