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Tremella mesenterica

Common Name: Witch's Butter
Tremella mesenterica
Tremella mesenterica

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Tremella
Species: Tremella mesenterica

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Witch’s butter is a bright yellow, gelatinous fungi. It appears folded in shape and does not have a stalk.

Habitat & Range

It is found on hardwoods, and is parasitic on other fungi.

Life Cycle

Witch’s butter is found in late summer and fall, often after rain. It becomes tough with age.

Featured image by James Dake.


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