A time of jellies and crusts.
We had some wet days in the last few weeks in north Essex so it was a good time to go to the woods to get some woods ears. They always flush after heavy rain and I have a few local woods with lots of old elder bushes which are the wood ears favourite tree.
Wood ears, Auricularia auricula-judae
There were plenty about in all stages of development. Here are some very young ones erupting from an elder branch with a velvety bloom
Here is a picture gallery to the other fungi that were out and about.
There were lots of other jelly fungi too such as this leafy brain, Tremella foliacea, a fresh young one below and older drier one above.
and yellow brain, Tremella mesenterica
or this white jelly, Tremella globispora.
There was also plenty of Witches Butter, Exidia glandulosa
One of the smallest common jelly fungi is Coral Spot, Nectria peziza, looking more orange than coral in these pictures
As well as all these jellies there were lots of crusts, fungi that are attached to the host tree like a sticking plaster sometimes forming small brackets. There were crusts with soft rubbery teeth like this Toothed Crust, Basidioradulum radula
There was this soft rubbery crust with a warty lower surface Merulius tremellosus?
There were tough leathery crusts such as the Bleeding Oak Crust, Stereum gausepatum, which bruises red
and this creamy coloured crust, Peniophora rufromarginata?, looking like paint peeling off the trunk
there was a black cushion like crust, Hypoxylon sp.
and a purple cushion like crust with a dark margin
and last of all a yellow slime mould spreading over a patch of Wrinkled Crust, Phlebia radiata
and forming sporangia nearby