Jew's Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae)
The scientific name of the this strange fungus is auricula-judae which means "like a Jew's ear". These days however, it seems this description is not politically correct and so I hear it now being referred to as Jelly-ear Fungus instead. The Latin scientific name remains the same.
Whilst most common, like many fungi, in the autumn you can find Jelly-ear all year road growing a various types of soft wood but it has a particular preference for Elder.
Very common and edible too, what's for breakfast?
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