Scientific name: Galiella rufa (Schweinitz) Nannfeldt
Derivation of name: Ruf- means "reddish."
Synonyms: Bulgaria rufa Schweinitz
Common name(s): Hairy rubber cup
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; small
clusters on branches and buried deciduous
wood; spring through summer.
Dimensions: Up to 3-4 cm wide and high, shallowly
cup-shaped when mature.
Sterile outer surface: Blackish-brown; densely hairy.
Fertile inner surface: Reddish to reddish-brown to
orange-brown to tan; smooth.
Edibility: Not edible.
The inner flesh is thick and gelatinous, giving
the fungus a rubbery feel.
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Figure 1. A typical cluster of hairy rubber cups.
Photo © William Roody.
Figure 2. Note the "toothed" margin on the two larger
specimens and the almost closed immature specimen.
Photo © Pam Kaminski.
Figure 3. This specimen has been bisected to reveal the
gelatinous flesh. Photo © Gary Emberger.
Figure 4. Another bisected specimen showing the gelatinous
flesh, tannish fertile layer, and margin of "toothlike" appendages.
Photo © Gary Emberger.