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Calocera viscosa
yellow false coral, yellow tuning fork, coral jelly fungus, yellow staghorn

Distribution: It is common, but rarely abundant, in western North America, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Habitat: Occurs on rotting conifer wood in the forests

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Calocera viscosa looks very much like a clavaria or clavulinopsis, especially in its bright golden color. However, it actually is a jelly fungus, related to C. cornea and Dacrymyces palmatus. Thus, microscopically, it is quite distinct from the other corals (having spores with single crosswalls produced on basidia that look like tuning forks or wishbones). Macroscopically, it is harder to separate, but its flesh is tougher and gelatinous, and the fruitbodies are viscid when moist.

Accepted Name:
Calocera viscosa (Pers.: Fr.) Fr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
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Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Calocera viscosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

CalPhotos: Calocera viscosa photos

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