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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 January, 2012

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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