Scientific name: Dacryopinax spathularia (Schwein.)
G. W. Martin
Derivation of name: Dacry- means a tear as in weeping
and pinax means a "likeness" or "picture." The genus name
"looks like tears."
Spathul- means "little spade" or
"blade" in reference to the flattened portion of the
Synonyms: Cantharellus spathularius (Schwein.) Schwein.,
Guepinia spathularia (Schwein.) Fr., Merulius spathularius
Common name(s): Fan-shaped jelly fungus.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in groups or
clusters on decaying, often decorticated, wood; July through
Dimensions: Fruitbodies 0.5 to 2.5 cm tall.
Description: Gelatinous fruitbodies are yellow-orange to
orange, have rounded stalks at the base, are flattened upward,
and have an overall fan-shaped to spatula-shaped
Comments: Dacryopinax spathularia may form dense rows
when fruiting through cracks in the wood.
Dacryopinax spathularia often grows in clusters.
Individual fruitbodies have rounded stalks and flattened
blade-like or fan-like upper portions.
Photo © Dorothy Smullen.
Figure 2. This specimen is growing from decaying wood in
Photo © D. Baddorf.
Dacryopinax spathularia often grows from
cracks in decaying wood. In this case, the fungus is
emerging from the gap between two boards in the
of Figure 2. Photo © D. Baddorf.