Of all the mushrooms I see, this one is the one I see most frequently, and most specimens of; on a walk in the dunes along the shore, I pass dozens of clusters, sometimes hundreds of mushrooms per cluster. And yet it doesn't appear in my "Common Mushrooms of the Northwest" guidebook. Why? So common it blurs out and gets overlooked?
I do like to know the names of things; it even helps with seeing them, as if now I have a spot in the wetware filing cabinet for them.
It looks like specks of Witches' Butter or Orange Jelly, but never grows beyond the speck size, 1 to 3 mm. across, and disc-shaped or slightly cupped, bright lemon (hence citrina) yellow, turning orange as it dries.
I did find it in the Audubon field guide, which I don't use often because it covers the whole continent, and misses out many of our local 'shrooms. And with the Latin name, Bisporella citrina, on E-Flora BC. And on Mushroom Expert, who says it's, "common but often (obviously) overlooked." The Wikipedia photo doesn't really look like these, but again, they use that word, "overlooked".
Bisporella citrina is commonly identified in the Pacific Northwest. It is found throughout North America, July to November. (E-Flora)
"July to November," they say, but in our mild climate, they're here year-round. I've found them on the mainland in March, here on the island every time I cross the dunes or even in the forest, on dead wood. And I probably overlook most of the ones I see, too.
|Yellow fairy cups on a log. January.|
They're not exactly cups; more like the saucers that go underneath teacups. In Spanish, they call them "discos de limón": lemon drops. The name seems to fit better.