Scientific Name: Tremella foliacea (Tremellaceae). Tremella means 'trembling', a reference to the jelly like nature of fungi in this genus. Foliacea means 'wrinkled leaves'.
English Name: Leafy Brain (Jelly Fungus family).
French Name: Trémelle foliacée.
5 Key Characters:
- very crumpled and convoluted looking.
- when dry just a black crust.
- when wet translucent.
- usually red brown.
- when pale coloured it looks a lot like silicone sealant.
Lookalikes: Other Tremella spp, which are yellow and may parasitise other Crust fungus spp.
Habitat: Grows on dead wood that has already been attacked by Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum. Leafy Brain is parasitic on Hairy Curtain Crust.
Fruiting Period: Summer and autumn.
Status: Quite common and very widespread.
Edible or Toxic? Not worth eating.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: