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Purple Jellydisc Fungus

Purple Jellydisc Fungus

 

 

 

When the Purple Jellydisc Fungus (Ascocoryne Sarcoides) first grows on a dead deciduous log, it appears as spherical lobes.   Later, it flattens into a saucer shape. As the fungi gather in clusters, they press against one another to form a rope-like mass, looking like a tiny person had spilled their small intestines onto the forest floor.  The image is enhanced when the fleshy surface of their bodies are moistened by dew or rain. It favors broadleaf trees—particularly the beech tree—in Britain, Ireland, continental Europe, and Australia. Despite its jelly-like appearance (it’s also called “purple jelly drops“), it does not have a distinctive odor or taste and is considered inedible.