Jelly Ear

Auricularia auricula-judae

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Jelly Ear Auricularia auricula-judae (Bull.) Wettst. (illustrated (c) life size) Fruit body 3–8cm across, ear-shaped; outer surface tan-brown with minute, greyish, downy hairs; inner surface grey-brown, smooth or often wrinkled and ear-like; gelatinous when fresh, drying hard and horny. Spores 16–18Γ—6–8ΒΌ, sausage-shaped; white. Basidia elongated cylindrical with 3 transverse septa. Habitat on the branches of deciduous trees, especially elder; all year, especially autumn. Very common. Edible.

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