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Dacrymyces chrysospermus (palmatus) Mushroom

Dacrymyces chrysospermus Fungi

Orange jelly mushroom on Douglas Fir with white base Dacrymyces palmatus chrysospermus edible fungi
Dacrymyces palmatus aka D. chrysospermus

Also known as Golden Ear and formerly Dacrymyces palmatus, Dacrymyces chrysospermus is a pacific northwest bright orange species of edible jelly mushroom that looks very similar to the Witch’s Butters, Tremella mesenterica and Tremella aurantia pictured at the bottom.

Dacrymyces palmatus chrysospermus Orange jelly mushroom on conifer tree edible fungi
Dacrymyces palmatus aka D. chrysospermus

However, Dacrymyces chrysospermus is a saprotrophic fungi and eats dead conifer trees like the barkless Doug fir in these photos, instead. Rather than saprotrophic, the witch’s butter’s are parasitic on other mushrooms.

Tremella aurantia edible fungi orange jelly medicinal mushrooms species
Tremella aurantia (Golden Ear) growing on Stereum hirsutm fungi on Alnus rubra wood

When hunting for Dacrymyces chrysospermus, look for the white mushroom base, like in the above photo.

Edible and medicinal mushroom species with orange translucent jellylike appearance on Alnus rubra Alder tree branch
Tremella mesenterica Witch’s Butter on Peniophora sp. fungi on Alnus rubra branch

D. chrysospermus is edible and like the other orange jelly mushrooms, tasteless but has a fun texture. Although it is an entirely different family than the Witch’s Butters it is also researched as medicinal as it has the same properties as the Witch’s Butter mushroom species, belonging to over 100 jelly mushrooms, and carrying the same medicinal polysaccharides. The different families and genera are currently being split up by scientists, the more they learn about their genetics.

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Xylaria hypoxylon Fungi

Xylaria hypoxylon

(Ascomycete/Ascomycota)

Xylaria hypoxylon is a black ascomycete mushroom that grows on decaying wood, such as small branches. The tips of the antlers on the Xylaria specimen in the photo is covered in white powdery conidia, its asexual springtime spores. Xylaria hypoxylon is an edible tea mushroom and researched for medicinal properties against cancer. It is also known as Black Antler Fungus

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Xylaria hypoxylon ascomycete with black antlers edible and medicinal mushroom on decayed wood with moss and white powdery conidia on antler tips
Xylaria hypoxylon mushroom

Tremella mesenterica (Peniophora sp.)

Tremella mesenterica (Witch’s Butter)

Edible and medicinal mushroom species with orange translucent jellylike appearance on Alnus rubra Alder tree branch
Tremella mesenterica on Peniophora sp. on Alnus rubra

Tremella mesenterica is a parasitic fungi that feeds off of the Peniphora sp. of fungi, both of which inhabit and parasitize the decaying wood of deciduous tree species. It is also commonly known as Witch’s Butter  because of it’s appearance. This species is common to the Pacific Northwest and temperate climates, and a known edible and medicinal species. It is flavorless and has a fun texture.

Tremella aurantia Orange jelly edible fungi parasite growing on saprotrophic shelf mushroom Stereum on Alder log medicinal mushrooms species
Tremella aurantia on Stereum hirsutum on Alnus rubra

Tremella mesenterica is sometimes confused with other species of jelly mushrooms. Tremella aurantia, a RelativE known as Golden Ear. It is sometimes also called Witch’s Butter. However, although it also is parasitic, it is a darker orange jelly mushroom that grows on a different fungi, a shelf mushroom called Stereum hirsutum, a.k.a False Turkey Tail. Both Stereum hirsutum and Peniphora sp. grow on deciduous tree species.

Orange jelly mushroom on Douglas Fir with white base Dacrymyces palmatus chrysospermus edible fungi
Dacrymyces palmatus aka D. chrysospermus

Another relative of Tremella mesenterica, is a species that is not in the same family, and isn’t even parasitic at all. It is a saprotrophic species that grows on dead and decaying conifer tree wood called Dacrymyces chrysospermus and also known as D. palmatus. D. chrysospermus is also jelly in appearance but is more orange than Tremella mesenterica and less orange than Tremella aurantia.

All three mushrooms are related even though they have different eating habits, living arrangements, and color. They are all medicinal, belonging to over 100 jelly mushrooms, and carrying the same polysaccharides. The different families and genera are currently being split up by scientists, the more they learn about their genetics.

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