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Guepinia helvelloides (DC.) Fr.
apricot jelly mushroom
Auriculariaceae

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

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Species Information

Summary:
Also listed in Jelly Fungi category. Guepinia helvelloides is orange, gelatinous, flabby or rubbery, spatula-shaped to funnel-shaped (usually indented or split at one side), sometimes like a calla lily, growing on the ground or on rotten wood. The distribution includes BC, OR, WA, ID, and also MB, NS, ON, PQ, CA, MI, NY, (Ginns). It is common in the Pacific Northwest and widely distributed in North America, (Phillips). Distribution includes also Europe, Asia, and Africa, (Breitenbach), Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Austria, (Lowy(2)), Guatemala (Lowy(3)), Estonia, Latvia, and Russia, (Raitviir).
Cap:
fruitbody 2-8(18)cm high, "spatula-shaped to somewhat funnel-shaped, but usually indented or split down one side", flabby or rubbery, with a cap and stem, cap 1-7(10)cm wide, "pale to deep rosy-pink to reddish orange, apricot, or salmon-colored; surface more or less smooth, margin often wavy", (Arora), fruitbody 2.5-10cm tall, 4-6cm wide, "funnel-shaped or spoon-shaped with a lobed margin; translucent pinkish white to deep rose or apricot", (Phillips), fruitbody 3-10cm tall and 2-5cm wide, ear-shaped to conic, elongated and incised on one side, tapering to stem-like base, margin usually flaring outward; orange-pink to salmon-red or brown-red; "inner surface smooth and dull, sometimes whitish-pruinose", (Breitenbach)
Fruiting body:
2-8(18)cm high, "spatula-shaped to somewhat funnel-shaped, but usually indented or split down one side", flabby or rubbery, with a cap and stem, cap 1-7(10)cm wide, "pale to deep rosy-pink to reddish orange, apricot, or salmon-colored; surface more or les
Flesh:
rubbery to somewhat gelatinous, (Arora), firm-gelatinous (Phillips), elastic, gelatinous, (Breitenbach)
Underside:
colored like cap or paler, smooth to faintly veined or coarsely wrinkled, (Arora), "outer surface smooth, often wrinkled-veined in age, hymenium on upper part of outer surface", (Breitenbach)
Stem:
1-6cm long, off-center or lateral, continuous with cap and of same color and texture, or the base whitish, (Arora), short, off-center, (Phillips)
Taste:
not detectable (Arora)
Microscopic:
spores 10-12 x 4-5 microns, oblong to elliptic, (Phillips), spores 9-12(16) x 4-6.5 microns, oblong-elliptic, smooth, (Arora), spores 9.5-11 x 5.5-6 microns, "irregularly elliptic, somewhat flattened on one side, with distinct apiculus, smooth", inamyloid, colorless; hypobasidia 14-20 x 10-11 microns, oval, longitudinally septate, with 2-4 epibasidia; hyphae 1-3 microns wide, septa with clamp connections, gelatinized, (Breitenbach), spores form on undersurface (Lincoff)
Spore Deposit:
white (Phillips)

Habitat / Range

on rotting wood or on the ground under conifers, (Phillips), "solitary to crowded-cespitose, also in rows or clusters, in damp shady places on path and street sides, as well as under shrubbery and in forests, commonly on old wood-processing places, on the soil, but usually in association with buried rotten wood, prefers limy soils", (Breitenbach), in damp ground on rotting wood, often under Douglas fir, (Ammirati), on conifers: needles and rotten wood, very rotten wood, litter, saprophytic on ground, (Ginns), single or more commonly crowded-cespitose in duff, soil and rotten wood under conifers, late summer and fall, rarely spring, (Castellano)

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links


Genetic information (NCBI Taxonomy Database)
Taxonomic Information from the Missouri Botanical Garden
Index Fungorium
Taxonomic reference: Breitenbach(2)* (as Tremiscus helvelloides), Ammirati(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Arora(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Lincoff(2)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Phillips(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Miller(14)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides),

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Edibility

edible (Phillips), can be eaten raw in salads, pickled, or candied, but should not be cooked because of its high water content, (Arora), old specimens are tough and indigestible (McKnight)

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Species References

Breitenbach(2)* (as Tremiscus helvelloides), Ammirati(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Arora(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Lincoff(2)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Phillips(1)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides), Miller(14)* (as Phlogiotis helvelloides),

References for the fungi

General References