The toothed jelly fungus, Pseudohydnum gelatinosum (Scop.) P. Karst.
Hydnogloea gelatinosa (Scop.) Curr. ex Berk.
Grevillea 1(no. 7): 101 (1873)
Hydnum gelatinosum Scop., Fl. carniol.
Edn 2 (Wien) 2: 472 (1772)
Steccherinum gelatinosum (Scop.) Gray
Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. (London) 1: 651 (1821)
Tremellodon gelatinosum (Scop.) Pers.
Hymenomyc. eur. (Upsaliae): 618 (1874)
Toothed jelly fungus
False hedgehog mushroom
White jelly mushroom
Jelly false tooth
Gallertiger Zitterzahn (German)
Tremellodon gélatineux (French)
Tremelle gélatineuse (French)
Fruiting body: 1-8 cm diameter, tongue- or spoon-shaped, flexible, rubbery, gelatinous; surface minutely roughened to almost smooth.
Teeth: pointed and conspicuous, transparent to white.
Stem: continuous with cap, up to 6 cm long, lateral; sometimes absent.
Spore print: white.
Spores: ovoid to subglobose, 5-7 x 5 µm.
Habitat: grows solitary, scattered or gregarious on rotting logs, twigs, and humus; saprobic; thrives in cool, wet weather (autumn).
Edibility: edible but bland.
Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of P. gelatinosum and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 90% (Ohtsuka et al., 1973).
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Fungi on wood
Mycologist. 1992 6(2):78-79.
Ohtsuka S, Ueno S, Yoshikumi C, Hirose F, Ohmura Y, Wada T, Fujii T, Takahashi E.
Polysaccharides having an anticarcinogenic effect and a method of producing them from species of Basidiomycetes.
UK Patent 1331513, 26 September 1973.
Agglutinins (lectins) from some British higher fungi.
Mycol Res. 1994 98:277-90 Part 3.