All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Orange Jelly; Witches' Butter</strong><br><em>Dacrymyces palmatus</em>
Orange Jelly; Witches' Butter
Dacrymyces palmatus
This fungus is found on decomposing coniferous logs. It feels like gelatin when wet. Although a lot of fungi have names that pertain to witches, the Devil, or fairies, they are not evil organisms! Early people did not understand the life cycles of fungi, they just assumed fungi came from the underworld. Fungi often pop up out of the ground or from decayed wood after a rain.