Tremella aurantia edible fungi orange jelly medicinal mushrooms species

Tremella aurantia Mushroom

Tremella aurantia

Golden Ear

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 aurantia is a parasitic fungi that feeds off of the shelf fungi, Stereum hirsutum, both of which inhabit and parasitize the living and decaying wood of deciduous tree species. It is also commonly known as Golden Ear 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.

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 aurantia is sometimes confused with other species of orange jelly mushrooms. Tremella mesenterica, a is a RelativE of Tremella aurantia, known as Witch’s Butter due to its appearance. However, although it also is parasitic, it is a lighter orange jelly mushroom that grows on a different fungi, a scale mushroom called Peniophora sp.. Both Stereum hirsutum and Peniophora sp. grow on decaying deciduous tree species. Both species can also be found growing on the same branch.

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

Another relative of Tremella aurantia, is a species that isn’t parasitic, or even in the same family 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.

Tremella aurantia edible fungi orange jelly medicinal mushrooms species
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 medicinal polysaccharides. The different families and genera are currently being split up by scientists, the more they learn about their genetics.

Tremella aurantia Orange jelly edible fungi medicinal mushrooms species

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