Purple jellydisc(Ascocoryne sarcoides)
A cluster of tiny pink cups found on the side of a mossy log in very tall and very wet eucalyptus forest. .
Cups were up to 4mm across tops.
Ascocoryne sarcoides can look either like a jelly fungus or a cup fungus..
It contains the antibiotic compound ascocorynin which inhibits the growth of some bacteria.
''Ascocoryne sarcoides'' is a species of fungus in the Helotiaceae family. Formerly known as ''Coryne sarcoides'', its taxonomical history has been complicated by the fact that it may adopt both sexual and asexual forms. Colloquially known as jelly drops or the purple jellydisc, this common fungus appears as a gelatinous mass of pinkish or purple-colored discs. Distributed widely in North America, Europe and Asia, ''A. sarcoides'' is a saprobic fungus and grows in clusters on the trunks and branches.. more