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Witches' butter

Observed: 5th March 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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Butter and host
Butter and hosts
Description:

Brightly yellow or orange - lobed like a damaged ear, stiff jelly-like on nearly dead braches

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

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

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

D.M.H.'s picture

NOT witches butter

Hence why you have Exidia glandulosa. This is "yellow Brain"

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dejayM's picture

remembered

Yes, I remember your original comment and the observation about Gorse.
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315371
Thanks
My grandson will never forget Witches' Butter as being yellow though! We have never seen Exida. Shame and too late.

D.M.H.'s picture

Americans

Usually refer to several species a "witch's Butter" and many mycologists do not like using common names due to these regional differences.

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dejayM's picture

lessons

I think there are lessons to be learned here, now that Jenny21 has entered the arena.
Well done then Jenny
Derek

Fenwickfield's picture

scientific name

Always use the scientific name as there are so many variation not only regionally but globally too .

Fenwickfield

dejayM's picture

Absolutely

Yes, absolutely, and I did.
But iSpot seems to 'require' a common name - witches butter is one, yellow trembler is another - these names may be 'offered' as iSpot alternatives.
To be honest I now accept that witches might prefer black butter anyway - no-one else would.
And further, I don't think the old country folk would have called it Yellow Brain.