Scientific name: Resupinatus applicatus (Batsch)
Derivation of name: Applicatus means "near" or
"attached" or "close" and probably refers to the absence
of a stipe and the appearence of the cap directly (closely)
attached to the wood.
Synonyms: Pleurotus applicatus (Batsch) P. Kumm.
Common name(s): Black jelly oyster.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; scattered
dense groups on the underside of deciduous logs;
Dimensions: Caps 2-6 mm wide.
Cap: Dark bluish-gray to grayish-black; dry; hairy.
Gills: Arising from point of attachment; whitish at first,
Spore print: White.
Comments: These fruitbodies are very tiny and not
be found unless the
undersides of logs are
Figure 1. Clusters of black jelly oyster on a log. Photo ©
Figure 2. A close up of a portion of Figure 1. Photo ©
Figure 3. Note the manner in which the gills radiate from
the point of attachment of the cap to the wood. Photo ©