Gelatinous fungi

Weird plant stuff

Update: this is a jelly fungi. You can find more details about the species at https://goo.gl/9EBNhj.You never know what will be brought to the UW-Extension office for identification…has anyone ever seen this type of growth on a branch before? Comment below what you think it is.

Posted by Marquette County Master Gardener Association on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You never know what will be brought to the UW-Extension office for identification…have you ever seen this type of growth on a branch before?  We sent this video and some pictures in to the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for identification.  The sample came from a Japanese Lilac.  The lab sent back that this is a jelly fungi and might be of the species Auricularia auricula, commonly called the tree-ear or wood-ear.  The lab said “The look is right and the time of year is right for when this fungus typical fruits (May-June). This fungus is not a pathogen.”

bottom of fungi on branchgelatinous looking fungi on branch on white background

View additional information about this species of jelly fungi. (Clicking here will redirect to an outside website.)