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Crepidotus mollis

Common Name: Jelly Crep

Synonyms: Crepidotus fulvotomentosus; Crepidotus calolepis

Substrate: Downed Wood

Location: Hardwoods 

Spore Color: Yellowish-brown

Gill Color: White when young, brown with age

Comments: 

These can resemble Oysters, but they have brown spores. You can usually tell the spore color by looking at the gills. Especially with some age, they are not white. The key feature to this species is the brown fibrils on the surface of the white cap. The cap should also be slightly gelatinous. 

Lookalikes:  

There are a couple similar Crepidotus species that can be found. Crepidotus crocophyllus has a similar cap surface but has yellow to ochre-orange gills. Crepidotus applanatus and C. malachius lack the brown fibers on the surface. Also look into Pleurotus and Hohenbuehelia species.

Pictures:

Crepidotus mollis

9/27/11 - Morgan Monroe State Forest

Crepidotus mollis

9/29/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Crepidotus mollis

9/8/12 - Matter Park - Marion, IN

Crepidotus mollis

Crepidotus mollis

6/7/12 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN