Calocera cornea

Scientific name:  Calocera cornea (Batsch) Fr.
Derivation of name:  Calo means "beautiful" and cera
means "horn." Corn- also means "horn," the species name
referring to the appearence of the upright, pointed spikes
as horns.
SynonymsClavaria cornea Batsch  
Common name(s):  Club-like tuning fork.
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Dacrymycetales
Family:   Dacrymycetaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; scattered or in
groups on barkless, decaying hardwoods, particularly oak;
August through November. 
Dimensions:  Up to 3 mm wide and 1-2 cm high.   
Description: Yellow to orange-yellow; gelatinous and
rubbery in texture; mostly simple upright spikes but
sometimes forked.        
Edibility: Unknown
Comments: This jelly fungus may be confused with
Calocera viscosa but C. viscosa is much larger,
branched 2-3x and occurs on conifer wood.

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Figure 1. Calocera cornea as it might appear on a fallen
branch on the forest floor. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. An exceptionally abundant fruiting of Calocera cornea.
Photo © Dorothy Smullen.

Figure 3. A portion of the "forest" of fruit bodies growing on
the log in Figure 2. Photo © Dorothy Smullen.

Figure 4. A closer look at a cluster of fruit bodies in Figure
1. These specimens were about 1 cm tall. Some are forked
at the tips, others are not. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 5. Simple, upright spikes of Calocera cornea.
Photo © Pam Kaminski.

Figure 6. Additional specimen of Calocera cornea.
Photo © Larry Grand.


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