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King Alfred's Cakes

Observed: 15th October 2013 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and LichensNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and LichensNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Cramp Balls Fungus / King Alfred's Cakes fungus (Daldinia concentrica) growing on a rotten log, Gloucestershire woodland, UK, october
Description:

4 cm spherical or "builder's bottom" shaped fungi, some black, some (maybe younger ones) grey/brown on rotting logs.

Identifications

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

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Saw similar colour on Sunday

Saw similar colour on Sunday and mycologist confirmed this is likely to be young stage

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

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Unburnt cakes

Thanks Mark. They were right near a bunch of the more typical burnt-black ones, so I guessed they were young, but I'm new to fungus hunting and am becoming aware just how many kinds are out there!

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.