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Fungus - Jelly Mushroom
Mushrooms and molds are fungus. A fungus is not a true plant. It does not photosynthesize light into a food source. The structures we see and call mushrooms are the reproductive parts of a fungus that lives underground or under bark.
Division Basidiomycota Family Auriculariaceae
Probably Jelly Ear Auricularia auricula-judae
Delicately folded geletain strips, 6" long. When it dries it becomes nearly black and rehydrates after a rain or after winter. The inside is smooth, the outside has tiny white hairs. This plant often takes on the look of an ear. It was growing on a shaded pecan log. Edible.
Photos taken in Taylor County, Texas, July 2007