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Examples of some British Species
The fruiting body starts out as a small, whitish egg (1-2cm across). This ruptures as the fruiting body extends. It will reach 10 -12cm high. The head of the fruiting body becomes covered in olive- coloured slime which contains the spores. These will be dispersed by flies, attracted to the scent which it gives off.
Habitat: in leaf litter in woods, from summer through to late autumn.
This is a jelly fungus. The fruiting body is unbranched, yellow to orange.
Habitat: Fruiting bodies can be found in groups on stumps, twigs and branches of deciduous trees.
It is a common species and can be found all year.
Yellow Brain Fungus
This is a golden-yellow to orange, soft, flabby fruiting body, with many lobes. It is highly folded and convoluted and resembles a brain, hence its name.
Habitat: On dead twigs and branches of deciduous trees, sometimes still attached to the tree itself. Found particularly in late autumn, but also all year round.