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Jews Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae)

Observed: 13th December 2009 By: Blewit Boy
Cardiff Naturalists' Society
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Description:

growing on Elder (Sambucus nigra).

Identifications

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

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Jew's Ear/Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) interacts

Comments

joseph harris's picture

I have been informed today

I have been informed today that the name of this fungus is now Judas' ear as the original name is now deemed too politically incorrect!!

cazharri's picture

Auricularia auricula-judae

What a really fascinating fungus, will certainly look out for this one on my travels into the woods.

Caz H.

Blewit Boy's picture

A lady told me..........

A lady who works for the National Trust at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, told me she and her colleagues call them "mouse ears". I guess that's one of the problems (or delights) with common names that there can be several and regional differences in naming occur. I understand that Jew's ear is not particularly "politically correct", but literally translated that's what the latin name, Auricularia auricula-judae, means - I think.

chris