Thursday, 9 January 2014

Ears on your Elders

This fungus is found almost exclusively on dead branches of Elder bushes.  It's scientific name is Auricularia auricula-judae, Jew's Ear, but many people have taken to calling it Jelly Ear to avoid causing offence.

Photo taken at Filnore on New Year's Eve by Simon Harding
If you touch it it has just the feel of a human ear, slightly downy.  Slightly creepy!

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