Oudemansiella mucida (NL: Porseleinzwam / EN: Porcelain Fungus / DE: Buchen-Schleimrübling, Beringte Schleimrübling / FR: Mucidule visqueuse) is a fungus in the Physalacriaceae family. The species is specific to beech wood. It appears in autumn on dead trunks and on fallen branches, and occasionally it also grows on living trees. The cap is 2 to 8 cm in diameter, semi-transparent and white. The adnate, broad and very distand gills show through the thin cap flesh, giving the margin a striate appearance. A mucous slime covers the cap during wet weather. The stipe is Slender, with a substantial stem ring, usually 3 to 7 mm in diameter, up to 8 cm long, and often curved so as to bring the cap to the horizontal in situations where large tufts of Porcelain Mushrooms are attached to a small area of the host.
It is one of those species I try to find each year. This year I focussed on the
the muscous slime dripping off the gills...
Image: Schoten (BE) – 07/10/2012
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