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Strawberry jelly and cream

Observed: 11th September 2010 By: Deadpoet
Description:

Found in an oak stock, deciduous woodland: two vivid red fungi: upper 'layer' translucent (actually transparent) red; lower (thinner) layer a clean white. Unfortunately my memory card fouled up at the wrong moment! White layer eaten by slugs and woodlice, and red liquid exuded from upper layer. Never seen before or since.

Identifications

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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

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Comments

Jonathan's picture

What shape was it? Like a

What shape was it? Like a toadstool? a bracket? And how large?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Jelly

Hi Jonathan,
There were two mycelia in the slightly hollowed-out (rotten) oak stock, both bracket-like in that there was no 'stalk' but fragile-literally like jelly. About 6-8cm across.
Thanks for the interest.
Phill

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Drawing a blank

I've searched all my fungus books and can find nothing like this- it has such a distinctive appearance I would have thought it would stand out a mile and I/D's would be flooding in, even in the absence of a photo. Everyone loves a red fungus...I have used some recovery software on my memory card but no dice.

Jonathan's picture

Bad luck! Trouble is that

Bad luck! Trouble is that what is vivid in your memory (if not your memory card) is not so easy to imagine for others.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Fair enough!

I'll just have to return to the same tree at the same time this year with a more reliable camera...

miked's picture

Can't think of anything that

Can't think of anything that sounds quite like this but a few possibilities if partly eaten or growing slightly abnormally for example
http://www.amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/photo_library/BI_fungi/index.htm
if you browse down here to Fistulina (they are in alphabetic order) and imagine the slimy ones eaten a bit more then they might match your description. Fistulina is quite common on oak.

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Mike, I did wonder about this

Mike, I did wonder about this myself, but Jelly and Cream and Beefsteak conjure such different images that I dismissed it. Now looking at some of your pictures of Fistulina, I see how it could be described as Jelly and Cream. Maybe we have a meal of two courses in this one fungus!?

What do you think, Deadpoet? Mystery solved, perhaps?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Raw meat?

Hi Mike and Jonathan,
the second of the two photos is pretty much spot on except the colour- purple in the picture, whereas mine was a vivid translucent red and less 'gooey' (like set jelly)- I think I found it quite young as it did darken with time (I revisited, still trying to get my camera to work- I'll never trust SD cards again) and start to ooze the red liquid as per the photo. The underside (presumably spore-forming layer) was a clean white as in the photo too. I have to agree, beef-steak isn't the first thing that comes to mind....
So I think case closed- thanks very much to you both! Mike- I think you should have the honour of adding the identification (great photos by the way).
Regards,
Phill