Calocera viscosa (Kleverig koraalzwammetje (BE) / yellow staghorn fungus (EN) / Klebriger Hörnling (DE) / Calocère visqueuse (FR)) is a species of fungi in the Dacrymycetaceae family.
Closely related to Calocera cornea, a species I posted on 10/09/2010, but more robust (up to 8 cm tall) and usually branched two or three times. The epithet viscosa equates with sticky or greasy (viscid), and in this case applies to the greasy surface of the fungus - you can easily see little grains of sand sticking to its surface in this image. The jelly-like composition (The fruiting bodies slip easily between the fingers without breaking.) makes it rather easy to distinguish this species form yellow or orange colored species in the genus Ramaria. Like many fungi, it is a saprotroph, obtaining its nutrients from decaying organic matter (in the case of Calocera viscosa, the decaying stumps of conifers).
Image: Malle (BE) - 03/10/2010
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