Bethany Buckell-May's picture

Fungus on dead wood, quite odd

Observed: 18th May 2013 By: Bethany Buckell-May
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Description:

Black, looks like jelly but felt quite stiff. Only fruiting body seen. Spores on underside. Couldn't tell what wood it was on as there was no bark or foliage attached. Wood was very dry though so fell long ago.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) interacts

Comments

Amadan's picture

Jelly Ear

Is commonly found on Elder, and that's what the wood looks very much like.
As the linked observation show, it is a shiny, moist dark brown when freshly emerged.