mushroomgay: found these in new york last summ…

mushroomgay:

found these in new york last summer, any idea what they are?

[submission from @birdsandsuch]

I’m not certain because I’ve never seen it in person myself, but this looks like Guepinia helvelloides, known as ‘salmon salad’ or ‘apricot jelly fungus’.

Apricot Jelly is the only member of the Guepinia genus. Like the more common jelly fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae), it is edible and can be eaten raw, but is tough and bland, to the point where older specimens may be indigestible (they become tougher with age), and so not really worth collecting.