Small Stagshorn

(Calocera cornea)

Conservation Status
Small Stagshorn
Photo by Phil Voxland
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
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  Minnesota

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Description
 
 

Small Stagshorn is a small, common and widespread jelly fingus. It occurs on every continent except Antarctica. In the United States it occurs east of the Great Plains and west of the Rocky Mountains. It fruits from spring through fall but mostly August through November, usually after a heavy rain. It is saprobic, obtaining its nutrients from decaying wood. It is found on barkless stumps, fallen logs, twigs, and branches of dead hardwood trees (especially oaks) and occasionally also of conifers. It grows in groups or clusters and is often seen in rows growing out of cracks in the wood. It is easily overlooked due to its very small size and occurrence in damp shady places.

The fruiting body is a cylinder-shaped, 1 16 to ¾ tall, 1 32 to in diameter, straight or curved spike. It usually occurs as an upright, pointed spike, but is often forked, like a pair of curved horns. It is rarely forked at the tip. It is yellow to orangish-yellow when moist, becoming more orange in drier conditions. The texture is rubbery, gelatinous but firm.

The spore print is white or pale yellow.

It is considered to be inedible due to its small size and gelatinous texture.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Fan-shaped Jelly Fungus (Dacryopinax spathularia) fruiting bodies are fan-shaped or spatulate.  
     
 
Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Sstumps, fallen logs, twigs, and branches

Hardwoods and occasionally conifers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Spring through fall but mostly August through November

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  6/2/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subphylum Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Dacrymycetes  
 

Order

Dacrymycetales  
 

Family

Dacrymycetaceae  
 

Genus

Calocera  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Clavaria cornea

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Club-like Tuning Fork

Small Stagshorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

 
 
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Oct 14, 2019

Calocera cornea on white oak branch after rainfall.

 

 

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5/2017

Location: St. Louis County, Burntside Lake, Listening Point

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Created: 5/15/2017

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