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Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia)

Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia) is a common jelly fungus which actually parasitizes the false turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum) in west coast woodlands. Also known as golden ear, these oddly-shaped, bright yellow growths swell up after rainfall and are hard to miss.

Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia).  Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0214
Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia), close-up of an individual fruiting body. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia).  Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0213
Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia). Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia).  Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0112
Witch's butter (Tremella aurantia), older specimens. Desiccated fruiting bodies of the host fungus, false turkey tail (Stereum hirsutum), are also visible on the same fallen tree. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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