Identification: ID cf. Coral Mushroom

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  1. sepo

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    Found in rich wet old growth forest on humic soil. Trees - Sugar Maple and Yellow Birch. It grows in a group of about 10 individual clumps. It is much bigger than other coral mushrooms in this area.
    Could it be a species of Tremellodendron?
    Quebec, Gatineau Park.
    Thank you for help!
     

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    This looks like Tremella reticulata
     
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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The Tremellodendrons (& similar) I'm familiar with are more spathulate, at least at maturity ... this looks more like a Clavulina just starting out.
    The first photo looks like it is heading in a C. rugosa direction, and I understand this species is also in your area. However waiting a bit to see how it develops may be helpful.
    Thank you for noting the trees - I'm not sure what Clavulina associates are in Quebec regions: Perhaps another person online could chime in on this?
     
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    Hi Frog,
    I compared Clavulina rugosa pictures with my pictures and it looks like that Tremella reticulate is still a better fit. I attach another picture of it. What do you think?
     

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    Thank you, from that photo, I do now see what you mean - it strongly resembles photos of T. reticulata, and the tips are looking flatter.
    Hard for me to help with this ID, as I am unfamiliar with Tremella reticulata, an east coast resident.
    Generally in the field I find it easy to distinguish our "jellies" from coral mushrooms ... but in this case it look like they have a similar appearance. The gelatinous nature of the Tremella should distinguish it from a non-gelatinous Clavulina coral.
     

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