Snow Fungus

Tremella fuciformis

''Tremella fuciformis'' is a species of fungus; it produces white, frond-like, gelatinous basidiocarps . It is widespread, especially in the tropics, where it can be found on the dead branches of broadleaf trees. This fungus is commercially cultivated and is one of the most popular fungi in the cuisine and medicine of China. ''Tremella fuciformis'' is commonly known as snow fungus, snow ear, silver ear fungus, and white jelly mushroom.

''Tremella fuciformis'' is a parasitic yeast, and grows as a slimy, mucous-like film until it encounters its preferred hosts, various species of ''Annulohypoxylon'' fungi, whereupon it then invades, triggering the aggressive mycelial growth required to form the fruiting bodies.