Small Stagshorn

(Calocera cornea)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

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Small Stagshorn


not listed


not listed


Common and widespread


Spring through fall but mostly August through November


In groups or clusters on stumps, fallen logs, twigs, and branches of hardwoods and occasionally conifers

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This is a small, common and widespread jelly fingus. It fruits from spring through fall but mostly August through November, usually after a heavy rain. It is saprobic, obtaining its nutrients from decaying wood. It is found on barkless stumps, fallen logs, twigs, and branches of dead hardwood trees (especially oaks) and occasionally also of conifers. It grows in groups or clusters and is often seen in rows growing out of cracks in the wood. It is easily overlooked due to its very small size and occurrence in damp shady places.

The fruiting body is a cylinder-shaped, 1 16 to ¾ tall, 1 32 to in diameter, straight or curved spike. It usually occurs as an upright, pointed spike, but is often forked, like a pair of curved horns. It is rarely forked at the tip. It is yellow to orangish-yellow when moist, becoming more orange in drier conditions. The texture is rubbery, gelatinous but firm.

The spore print is white or pale yellow.

It is considered to be inedible due to its small size and gelatinous texture.


Fan-shaped Jelly Fungus (Dacryopinax spathularia) fruiting bodies are fan-shaped or spatulate.

Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 4, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.





Basidiomycota (club fungi)



Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)



Dacrymycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)



Dacrymycetales (jelly fungi)





Clavaria cornea


Club-like Tuning Fork

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Obtaining nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.


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Biolog, dar nu si micolog, incerc sa realizez o Enciclopedie Video a Ciupercilor din Romania. Colind zile intregi prin paduri, munti, dealuri, poieni in cautare de ciuperci, in special necunoscute. Nu ma grabesc cu sistematizarea lor, fiind inca fascinat de surprizele care ma asteapta aproape zilnic. Lipsa unor lucrari ample de micologie cu zona Carpatilor, ma aduce deseori in fata unor necunoscute. Unor ciuperci necunoscute. In Regnul Fungi, lucrurile se schimba astazi, aproape total. Se incearca o noua clasificare pe baze de caracteristici genetice si toata sistematica e in aer. Pentru un ciupercar obisnuit care colinda dupa un cos de ciuperci lucrurile acestea nu conteaza. Crede el. Dar, lumea ciupercilor e mult mai complexa. De pilda, ciuperci considerate comestibile pana acum cativa ani, s-au dovedit ca au efecte nocive sau chiar letale, in timp. Exista nenumarate ciuperci necunoscute lui, toxice, necomestibile, letale sau indiferente asemanatoare cu ciupercile comestibile si care pot sa il puna intr-o situatie neplacuta. Vremea, soarele puternic, ploile intense, locatia te pot pacali in identificarea unor ciuperci. Insasi faptul ca in cataloage diferite sunt ciuperci considerate comestibile de unii autori si toxice sau necomestibile de altii, pune in dificultate pe toata lumea. Cel mai greu este insa sa suporti superficialitatea oamenilor atunci cand e vorba de ciuperci. Unii devin violenti verbal sau chiar fizic daca incerci sa le salvezi viata aruncandu-le din cos o ciuperca cu probleme, altii te injura in comentarii pentru ca "ei stiu mai bine". Cei mai multi imi trimit mii de fotografii cu ciuperci sa le spun daca sunt comestibile sau nu. E imposibil sa ii faci sa inteleaga ca nu poti sa le risti viata dupa o simpla poza. In treizeci de ani de biologie si in trei ani de micologie practica am invatat ca in lumea ciupercilor trebuie sa te feresti de cel care spune "eu stiu". Eu nu stiu ciuperci si le multumesc celor care ma ajuta uneori cu identificarea si determinarea lor.

Google Translate: Biologist, but not mycologist, I'm trying to make a Video Encyclopedia of Mushrooms from Romania. Collecting days through forests, mountains, hills, hills in search of mushrooms, especially unknown. I do not hurry with their systematization, being still fascinated by the surprises that await me almost daily. The lack of ample mycology works with the Carpathian area often brings me in front of some unknowns. Some mushrooms unknown. In Fungi, things are changing today, almost totally. Trying for a new classification based on genetic features and the whole system is in the air. For a regular mushroom that is hiking after a mushroom basket it does not matter. He thinks. But the world of mushrooms is a lot more complex. For example, mushrooms considered edible until a few years ago have been shown to have harmful or even lethal effects over time. There are countless mushrooms unknown to him, toxic, inedible, lethal or indifferent like edible mushrooms and that can put him in an unpleasant situation. Weather, strong sun, intense rains, location can fool you into identifying mushrooms. The very fact that in different catalogs are mushrooms considered edible by some authors and toxic or inedible by others, it puts everyone in trouble. But the hardest thing is to bear the superficialness of people when it comes to mushrooms. Some people become verbal or even physical violence if you are trying to save their lives by throwing them out of the basket with a troubled mushroom, others are cursing you in comments because "they know better." Most people send me thousands of mushroom photos to tell them whether they are edible or not. It's impossible to make them understand that you can not risk their life after a simple picture. In thirty years of biology and in three years of mycological practice I have learned that in the world of mushrooms you have to beware of the one who says "I know". I do not know mushrooms and I thank those who sometimes help me with their identification and determination.

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