Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jelly fungi

Jelly fungi

A group of fungi produces jelly-like or rather gelatine-like fruiting bodies that can be brightly coloured. That can be added to the beauty of nature. The fungi belong to a group of basidiomycetous fungi of the Class Dacrymycetes and Family Dacrymycetaceae. The fungus shown in ths picture is Dacryopinax spathularia. The fruiting bodies are small and have bright orange color. The fungus is a saprophyte living on dead wood or rotting housing materials on the ground. The fruiting bodies are usually arise from wet areas of the dead wood and particularly common during the rainy days.

One of the most welknown jelly fungi is the species Auricularia auricula-judae. The edible fruiting bodies have found their ways into the varous kinds of dishes, cuisines and delicacies all over the world. This fungi is classified into a separate class from the jelly fungi and is placed in the Class Agaricomycetes, Order Auriculariales and Family Auriculariaceae.

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