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Mature sporocarp of Bulgaria inquinans
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Photo of Bulgaria inquinans CBS118.31 v1.0
Young sporocarp of Bulgaria inquinans
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Bulgaria inquinans, commonly known as black jelly drops, is classified in Leotiomycetes (Pezizomycotina) and is widely distributed in North America and Europe. The fruiting body appears in late summer and fall on hardwood logs often as dense masses in lines along the bark of felled Oak, Beech and Chestnut trees. It appears cup or top-shaped at first, becoming flattened or convex - 1-5 cm across. The outer surface is brown to black, finely to prominently hairy or scaly which usually gets smoother and blacker with age. Older specimens are quite flabby and gelatinous, but younger specimens have more of a cup fungus appearance. The stem is absent or merely a pinched-off extension.

The Bulgaria inquinans genome was sequenced as part of the 1000 fungal genomes project.