NS3878 : Beech Jellydisc Fungus (Neobulgaria pura)

taken 11 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Beech Jellydisc Fungus (Neobulgaria pura)
Beech Jellydisc Fungus (Neobulgaria pura)
This is a fairly young specimen of Neobulgaria pura. At this stage, the fruiting bodies are globular in shape, and less than a centimetre wide. As can be seen here, they have a transparent jelly-like outer layer with a wrinkled surface; inside, a flesh-coloured mass is visible.

There is also a small opening at the top of each globe. As the fruiting body matures, this opening will widen out to become the surface of a disc (the wrinkled transparent layer will remain, on the underside), and the fungus will gradually assume a more typical appearance.

Beech Jellydisc Fungus is not a common species; it is found infrequently in summer and autumn, and grows on the fallen wood of deciduous trees, especially beech (the fruiting bodies shown in the photo are growing on a fallen branch).

For another image, taken here one day earlier, see NS3878 : Beech Jellydisc Fungus (Neobulgaria pura).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 October, 2008
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Woodland, Forest 
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Renton Wood 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 383 782 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2032N 4:35.4737W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 383 782
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