Yellow Brain - Tremella mesenterica

Description

A yellow gelatinous mass of lobes and folds. Pale forms are occasional.  It becomes more orange and shrivelled with age.  Often on Gorse or Hazel.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Appearing on fallen deciduous branches where they have previously been infected with a crustose fungus, which it parasitises.  The host fungus can sometimes show on the same branch.

When to see it

All year but especially in autumn

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Yellow Brain
Species group:
Fungi
Kingdom:
Fungi
Order:
Tremellales
Family:
Tremellaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
145
First record:
12/02/2007 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
17/02/2024 (Graves, Hazel)

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