False Coral Fungus

(Tremellodendron pallidum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

False Coral Fungus

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Minnesota

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Occurrence

Common and widespread. More common than true coral fungi.

Season

Spring to fall

Habitat/Hosts

Deciduous or mixed woods


Identification

Although it looks like a coral fungus, microscopic features and recent DNA studies show that False Coral Fungus is a jelly fungus. It obtains its nutrients from the roots of hardwood trees (mycorrhizal) but does not penetrate individual cells within the root. It is found on the ground near hardwood trees in woods and forests.

The fruiting body is a 1¼ to 4 long, 2 to 6 wide cluster of tightly packed, branched stems. The branches are erect, flattened, fused together, leathery, and dry, not gelatinous. They are whitish to buff at first, often becoming green with algae as it ages.

The spore print is white.

It is edible but rubbery and unpalatable.

 
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Sources: 4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 77.


Comments

True coral fungi are brittle, not leathery.


Taxonomy

Division:

Basidiomycota (club fungi)

 

Subdivision:

Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)

 

Class:

Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)

 

No Rank:

Agaricomycetes incertae sedis

 

Order:

Sebacinales

 

Family:

Sebacinaceae

 
Synonyms

Tremellodendron schweinitzii

 
Common
Names

False Coral

False Coral Fungus

False Coral Mushroom

Jellied False Coral


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

mycorrhizal

A symbiotic, usually beneficial relationship between a fungus and the tiny rootlets of a plant, usually a tree.

       

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False Coral fungi along the Bluff Trail, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit

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Sally Shea


noticed it growing under an oak in our backyard, Hennepin Co.

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Steve Thompson


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Trista


noticed it growing under an oak in our backyard, Hennepin Co.

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Published on May 26, 2015

False Coral, Jelly Fungus- Tremellodendron pallidum; Occurs same time as other jellies I collected late May 2015 Central Missouri. Identification rating for accuracy 75% sure. Edibility: Recorded to upset stomach...if not prepared correctly. Food allergies.

 
     

 

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Kirk Nelson
8/20/2017

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit

False Coral fungi along the Bluff Trail

False Coral Fungus


Sally Shea
9/7/2016

Location: St Louis County

not sure what kind of coral mushroom this is.

False Coral Fungus


Steve Thompson
9/13/2015

Location: Moose Lake MN

False Coral Fungus


Trista
9/2/2015

Location: Hennepin Co.

noticed it growing under an oak in our backyard, Hennepin Co.

False Coral Fungus


Carol Freihammer
7/14/2015

Location: Richmond, MN (Stearns County)

I found this fungus at our campground, growing in my hostas by an old railroad tie used for landscaping.


     
     
 

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