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Ascocoryne sarcoides

Fruitbodies are gelatinous, violet to purple or reddish purple, and up to 1 cm across. Young fruitbodies appear as purple lobes bursting out of the wood. Lobes absorb water and expand to form cups or discs which swell and coalesce to form a gelatinous mass. Widespread and common, this purple sac fungus is found on stumps or logs of hardwoods.  Notice the spherical aethalium of Lycogala at the bottom right.