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Wood ear

Auricularia auricula-judae

Description:

Auricularia auricula-judae is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide. The fruiting body is distinguished by its noticeably ear-like shape and brown colouration; it grows upon wood, especially elder.

Habitat:

Growing in my Wildlife Garden on discarded wood

Notes:

Sometimes referred to as the Jew's ear or Jelly ear

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3 Comments

Machi
Machi 2 years ago

Young Tremella mesenterica are usually more orange as they start out and tend to look yellow as they unfold. Sometimes I see dried-out, shriveled T. mesenterica when it gets old, and it will still usually be pretty bright yellow. Other times, when they are constantly getting wet they turn more clear. If it looks more amber or brown, you can usually rule T. mesenterica out. There are a few other brown ones to look at though, depending on the features. For this one, I would also look at Auricularia fuscosuccinea and Auricularia cornea

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain 2 years ago

I think you are correct Machi - I will change this later today

(It was an off-yellow colour but has darkened over a few weeks)

Machi
Machi 2 years ago

Tremella mesenterica is vibrant yellow and smooth, not fuzzy. This looks better for Auricularia auricula-judae or possibly something else (I'm not familiar with species not found in the US).

Stephen Wain
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Stephen Wain

South Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Dec 26, 2018
Submitted on Dec 26, 2018

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