Thick, semicircular, reddish or rusty, gelatinous bracket; pinkish yellow underside. Grows at the base of living oaks and on stumps. July–October. Cap semicircular or spoon-shaped; reddish or rusty; texture gelatinous, smooth; flesh is thick, dark pinkish, mottled with lighter veining. Pores circular; whitish, becoming reddish brown. Stalk (if present) very short, thick; broad, then tapered; blood red. Spore print pinkish salmon. Spores magnified are smooth, oval.
No lookalikes in Missouri.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..