King Alfred's Cakes - Daldinia concentrica

    Alternative names
    Cramp Balls
    Description

    Sub-spherical, smooth, initially reddish brown, then black, to about 8 cm across

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On dead trunks and branches of Ash. 

    When to see it

    Fresh growths from June to November but persisting all year round

    UK Status

    Very common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Very common on fallen Ash wood in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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