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Today's mushroom is Calocera viscosa (Yellow Stagshorn). The mushroom is Inedible. It grows in North America, Europe.
Description: This is a yellow, antler-like, gelatinous fungus that grows in tufts or stumps and roots of coniferous trees. It fruits throughout the year but is most commonly seen in autumn.
Fruiting body bright orange, yellow or occasionally white branching basidiocarps, which are somewhat gelatinous and somewhat slimy when wet. Branches are sometimes flattened and sometimes forked at tips.
Similar species Calocera cornea has small, unbrached clubs and grows on deciduous twigs. Calocera furcata is forked and grows on pine wood. Paler Calocera pallidospathulata is flattened and irregular. Gymnospoarngium clavariiforme, found on juniper, is less erect and without branches at the tips.
Calocera viscosa on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Dimensions: 3-10 cm tall
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