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Physalacria inflata                      Bladder Fungus

This very distinctive fungus fruits on well-rotted hardwood branches and logs.    Fruitbodies are tiny, 5-20 mm tall, white to pale cream, with an inflated head and supported by a slender stalk. The head is more or less globose, up to 10 mm across, smooth and easily dented.   It collapses and becomes flattened in age.   This species is fairly common but seldom reported.   It is one of these fungi that, when you find it, you don't immediately know where to place it.  It is not a Jelly Fungus but could be mistaken for a member of this group. You might also think it a Coral Fungus but those who know suggest it is closer to the Gill Fungi!

Would you believe its related to Xerula and Flammulina? I'm not convinced!