Fungi at Tincombe

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Hexagonia hydnoides

Hexagonia hydnoides
Hexagonia hydnoides

Hexagonia hydnoides is so common it does not have a common name. It is a bracket fungus and loves to grow on damp dying trees.

King Alfred’s Cake

Daldinia concentrica

King Alfred's Cake
King Alfred’s Cake

This fungi grows predominantly on dead Ash, Beech and Sycamore. Mature specimens are useful as tinder for fire lighting. They burn slowly, much like a charcoal briquette, but with a particularly pungent smoke. King Alfred’s Cakes are also really important for nature as many kinds of insects and small animals make their home inside.

Wood Ear

Auricularia auricula-judae

Very common on Elder Trees and can be found all year round, usually most abundant in January and February when there is not much else about.

Originally known as ‘Jews Ear’ as it was named after the apostle, Judas, who allegedly hung himself from an elder tree.

Blushing Bracket

Daedaleopsis confragosa

A plant pathogen, it causes a white rot of injured hardwoods, especially willows.

Scarlet Elf Cup

Sarcoscypha austriaca

These fascinatingly mysterious looking fungi have historically been collected by people along with snowdrops and given as a posy to their mothers.