Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Jelly Fungi

At Ogmore we found two jelly fungi.
The members of this family are gelatinous and irregular in shape, often in dull colours. When wet they are easier to see and when dry shrivel to a hard, thin membrane so when they rehydrate they swell to resume spore production. They can be found throughout the year.

Below is the very common Jelly Ear/Auricularia auricula-judae. It's found on the branches of deciduous trees. It's ear shaped and often wrinkled on the underside and minutely hairy on the outer surface.

 The fungi seen from above. Click on the photo to see the hairy outer surface.

Below is a fungi that belongs to the Exidia family. Possibly Exidia nucleata/Crystal Brain.

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