prl13744a prl13744b

Entonaema liquescens A. Möller

Botanische Mittheilungen aus den Tropen 9: 307 (1901)

(no name; I might call it sulphur jelly balls).
Epithet = liquefying. Genus = inside - gelatin.
stromata are rounded balls, 1 - 6 cm, single or in clumps; when fresh bright yellow outside with gelatinous wall, hollow with liquid inside. Color duller and darker when older or dried, and then collapsing. Perithecia (spore producing chambers) are sparse or sometimes absent.
Similar species:
Puffballs are solid or have powdery spores on the inside.
Saprobe on dead hardwoods. In the USA, habitats include floodplain woods and terrace forest.
Spring, summer, fall; also winter in tropics.
Widespread in southeastern North America (southern states and in Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula) to Brazil and Argentina; Africa and Asia. Rarely found or collected. For the USA there are only 19 collections on MyCoPortal plus 24 photo observations on Mushroom Observer and iNaturalist.
Illinois status:
Found at Cahokia Mounds State Park, St. Clair County (near St. Louis) by the Missouri Mycological Society, August 31, 2005. We found it at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Bioblitz, Putnam County, August 5, 2018; this is north-central Illinois and fills a gap in the Upper Midwest distribution.
on decayed tree trunks, Blumenau, southern Brazil.
Presence and ratios of secondary metabolites can help identify species.
Specimens examined:
P. R. Leacock 13744, Bioblitz at Dixon Wildlife Refuge, Putnam County, Illinois, 5 August 2018, found by Kenneth R. Kuehl; Terrace Forest, cottonwood, black locust, silver maple, ash, walnut. Below the adjacent Oak Hickory Woodland.
Beug, Michael, Arleen Bessette, Alan E. Bessette. 2014. Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide. University of Texas Press. Page 300.
Related links:
Rogers, J. D. 1981. Sarcoxylon and Entonaema (Xylariaceae). Mycologia 73(1): 28–61.
Stadler, M., J. Fournier, T. Læssøe, C. Lechat, H.-V. Tichy, M. Piepenbring. 2008. Recognition of hypoxyloid and xylarioid Entonaema species from a comparison of holomorphic morphology, HPLC profiles, and ribosomal DNA sequences. Mycological Progress 7: 53-73.
Records online:
Mushroom Observer ; iNaturalist ; MycoPortal
Taxon links:
183350 MycoBank ; Index Fungorum ; Species Fungorum