The jelly fungus, Ascocoryne sarcoides, commonly referred to as Jelly Drops, Growing on a cut hardwood stump, Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
(photo: Daryl Thompson)
wikipedia: A. sarcoides is a species of fungus in the Helotiaceae family. Formerly known as Coryne sarcoides, its taxonomical history has been complicated by the fact that it may adopt both sexual and asexual forms. Aka the purple jellydisc, this common fungus appears as a gelatinous mass of pinkish or purple-colored discs. Found widely in North America, Europe and Asia, it is a saprobic fungus and grows in clusters on the trunks and branches of a variety of dead woods. It contains the antibiotic compound ascocorynin, shown in the laboratory to inhibit the growth of several Gram-positive bacteria… (read more)