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King Alfred's Cakes

Observed: 25th September 2009 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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King Alfred's Cakes (25-09-2009)

Hard Black fungus, growing on a dead branch, that resemble burnt cakes, hence their name. If you cut into them they reveal a series of concentric rings. Also known as 'cramp balls' - the theory is that if you carry them around in your pockets you will never suffer from cramp.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Stumpy's picture

Yes i agree and they are also

Yes i agree and they are also used in survival training.They hold a ember and stay alight for a long time. Have a look here.


I'm a student so be gentle.

John Bratton's picture

Yes, if it is on Ash and in

Yes, if it is on Ash and in Britain, Daldinia concentrica is a safe bet. Apparently the one on Ash in mainland Europe is a different species.