Scientific name: Exidia recisa (Ditmer) Fr.
Derivation of name: Recis- means "cut off" or "cut back."
Synonyms: Tremella recisa Ditmer
Common name(s): Amber jelly roll.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in groups and
clusters on decaying deciduous wood; May through October.
Dimensions: Fruitbodies 1.5-3.5 cm wide and up to 2 cm
high. Fruitbodies fusing to form masses up to 10 cm or more
Description: Yellow-brown to purple-brown to cinnamon-
brown; fusion of fruitbodies gives rise to irregular, gelatinous,
brainlike or lobed masses; surface covered with tiny, blackish,
wart-like projections (use hand lens).
Comments: This species typically has a small stalk-like base.
Figure 1. Specimens of Exidia recisa of various sizes growing
on hardwood twigs.
Photo © Cecily Franklin.
Figure 2. Appearance of Exidia recisa on wood. Photo ©
Figure 3. Exidia recisa. Photo © William
Figure 4. Many fruitbodies fused together to form a
larger mass. Photo © John Plischke III.