It is a really beautiful, inedible mushroom. One often can spot it from distance, because it looks like a freshly set fire emerging from conifer stumps or roots.
|Common Names||Yellow Stagshorn (EN), Jelly Antler Fungus (US), Corn Carw Melyn (CY), Pięknoróg Największy (PL), Narancsszínű Enyveskorallgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Calocera viscosa|
|Synonyms||Calocera flammea, Merisma viscosum, Clavaria viscosa|
|Season Start||All Year|
|Season End||All Year|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||2–10|
|Average Cap width (CM)|
2–9 cm tall, 2–5 cm wide, coral-like, branched (like an antler) and forked. It has a more or less deeply rooting stem. The whole fruit body is bright yellow to orange, darker orange to red when dry, might be paler towards the base. Smooth, viscid or tacky, especially after rains.
Yellow, somewhat viscid, tough when dry.
Saprotrophic on woods. Grows on stumps, dead branches or roots of pine and spruce trees, regardless if they are in a forest, a plantation, a park or a private garden. Sometimes can be found on conifer bark woodchips too.
Meadow Coral (Clavulinopsis corniculata), pictured, looks rather identical, but it is often a bit paler and not slimy, not to mention it is growing on different habitat (among grass and mosses).
Taste / Smell
Inedible (there is no tradition of consuming it). Taste and smell is not distinctive.
Frequent and widespread all over the UK. It might be found during the whole year, but its main fruiting season starts in mid Summer and ends up late Autumn or early Winter.
Spore print is white. Spores elongate-ellipsoid, smooth, colourless (hyaline), with drops, inamyloid (which means: the cell wall doesn’t contain starch).
Yellow Stagshorn is the type species of genus Calocera.