21 March 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Wood Ear, Jelly Ear
Ear shaped, attached to the substrate by one edge, upper surface finely downy, lower surface smooth, pinkish brown, to about 8 cm across
Purple-brown, gelatinous, tough, becoming hard when dry
On wood from deciduous trees and shrubs, favouring elder
Spores sausage shaped (16-18) x (6-8) µm2
Edible, considered in the West to have little value. It is widely used in Chinese cooking, in dishes such as hot and sour soup, where thin strips of the fungus add an interesting texture
20 January 2008 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.