Jelly Crep

Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) on a dead tree.
Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) on a dead tree.

I have to admit that I’m fascinated with all the mushrooms that I’ve been discovering this fall (and now early winter). I found these Jelly Creps (Crepidotus mollis) growing on a dead tree in an open lot a few blocks from our house. The older ones were larger and smoother, and pale ochre in colour but like their other common name, Flabby Creps suggests, weren’t too photogenic. The young Jelly Creps on this tree tended to be a tawny brown with a hint of pale ochre. The caps were covered in fine brown scales.

Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) showing whitish gills.
Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) showing whitish gills.

While this mushroom superficially resembles oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus) it has a spore print that is a dull brown colour – I took a specimen home in order to make a print. The gills of this species of Crepidotus are whitish but become brown with age. Crepidotus is characterized by a stalk that is usually rudimentary or absent or, if present, off-center.

Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) emerging from a crack in the tree bark.
Jelly Crep (Crepidotus mollis) emerging from a crack in the tree bark.

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