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Calocera viscosa

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Olivier from Manage, Belgium

des couleurs envoutantes..

8 Nov 2010 5:50pm

@Olivier: Yellow, Brown and Orange: the typical autumn colors I guess ... Thanks for stopping by again, Olivier.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

What an artistic shot! Once again, I love those little fingers...

8 Nov 2010 6:02pm

@Marilla: The variation in forms and structures in this species is endless. Like small hands reaching for freedom ...
Hope you enjoy autumn as well, Marilla. Have a nice day. Greetz !

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting close up :)

8 Nov 2010 6:45pm

@Shahryar: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Shanryar.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Fantastisch - wie Flammen züngelt sich dieser schöne Pilz in die Höhe !

9 Nov 2010 3:58pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

They do look like coral

10 Nov 2010 8:26pm

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

A little forgotten sponge finger in my trail, good focus and details

11 Nov 2010 9:40am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I do see the sand grains on this nicely shaped structure.

16 Nov 2010 10:45am

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm