Poor Man’s Gumdrop

Poor man’s gumdrop (Guepiniopsis alpinus) is a fungus found on dead conifer logs, stumps and branches. It is known as a “snowbank” mushroom because it is found fruiting in the spring at higher elevations from the Rocky Mountains westward, often just after the snow melts. However, it can be found at other times of the year.

Poor man’s gumdrop is a jelly fungus, its fruiting body is gelatinous. Yellow to orangish, poor man’s gumdrop is cone shaped with a stalk that is present only as a small, narrow point of attachment. The spores are yellow.

Although this fungus is considered edible, it is of little value as a consumable.

A synonym for G. alpinus is Heterotextus alpinus. Another colloquial name is alpine jelly cone.

These poor man’s gumdrops were growing along the Barnes Creek Trail in Olympic National Park WA.


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2 Responses to Poor Man’s Gumdrop

  1. Lin Erickson says:

    It looks as if it is related to the Witch’s Butter you pointed out at Medicine Lake.

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