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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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