Tremella mesenterica - Witch's Butter
Neon yellow to orange jelly fungus on a fallen hardwood branch. Tremella mesenterica is a common species of jelly fungus found within the Tremellaceae family. It is parasitic on the mycelia of Peniophora crust fungi (saprobic crust fungi). It is often mistaken for Tremella aurantia, which is parasitic on Stereum hirsutum.
On a fallen hardwood branch in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US.
A snail is enjoying an afternoon snack as well! Note the tiny snail droppings!
''Tremella mesenterica'' is a common jelly fungus in the Tremellaceae family of the Agaricomycotina. It is most frequently found on dead but attached and on recently fallen branches, especially of angiosperms, as a parasite of wood decay fungi in the genus ''Peniophora''. The gelatinous, orange-yellow fruit body of the fungus, which can grow up to 7.5 cm diameter, has a convoluted or lobed surface that is greasy or slimy when damp. It grows in crevices in bark, appearing during rainy weather. Within.. more