The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County

Genus: Calocera

Family: Dacrymycetaceae

Calocera cornea

Calocera cornea

Calocera cornea Calocera viscosa

Known Species in the County

Approximately 2 species in Santa Cruz County.

Calocera Records from Santa Cruz County:

Calocera are easily recognized by their gelatinous texture, bright yellow color, cylindrical or antler-like or branched coral-shaped fruitbodies, and growth on wood (usually decorticated).

Only two species occur in our area, so identification is straightforward. Whether or not the species names currently applied to these two taxa are appropriate (they were described from Europe) is open for debate, but little or no critical comparison has been done.

Identification in our area is simple, hinging on simple or branched fruitbody structure.