Witches Butter and Crowded Parchment

Fungus growing on dead wood
Fungus growing on dead wood

At a recent walk through around Fyne Court, a National Trust woodland in Somerset, I came across some peculiar looking fungi, which have even more peculiar names. This is Tremella mesenterica, or yellow brain fungus for short. It goes by many names, including witches butter, yellow trembler and the golden jelly fungus, and you can certainly see why.

Tremella mesenterica, common names include yellow brain, golden jelly fungus, yellow trembler, and witches' butter
Yellow Brain Fungus and Crowded Parchment Fungus

On the same pile of dead logs there was another fungus which looked more like fans, which had wonderful ripple patterns on the them. These turned out to be Stereum complicatum, also known as Crowded parchment fungus.

Fungus growing on dead wood
Fungus growing on dead wood
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