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Fruitbodies are 2-8 cm in length, irregular, lobed, gelatinous, yellow, fading to pale yellow or whitish, drying to a horny mass, reviving when wetted. It fruits on twigs, logs etc. of hardwoods during prolonged wet periods.   It has basidia that are divided by walls into four segemnts (cruciate basidium) The similar Dacrymyces palmatus is more common in eastern Canada. Dacrymyces is deep orange and fruits on conifers.  It has a holobasidium (no walls inside the basidium i.e. non-septate) but only has two sterigmata (extensions from the basidium that bear the spores).  This type of basidium is called a tuning fork basidium (click here)