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King Alfred's cakes

Daldinia concentrica

Description:

The fungus is ball-shaped, with a hard, friable, shiny black fruiting body 2 to 7 centimeters wide. It resembles a chunk of coal, which gives it several of its common names, including coal fungus and carbon balls. According to legend, King Alfred once hid out in a countryside homestead during war, and was put in charge of removing baking from the oven when it was done. He fell asleep and the cakes burned. Daldinia concentrica is said to resemble a cake left to this fate

Habitat:

This one was found In some woods near my house and is getting harder to find due to the Ash dieback in the UK although it can be found across Europe and North America

Notes:

not sent to BMS

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Debbie Stewart
Spotted by
Debbie Stewart

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 53.38, Long: -1.47

Spotted on Feb 16, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2013

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