Common name: Wood Ear/Jelly Ear
Scientific name: Auricularia auricular-judae
Introduction: Wood ears, named after its ear-like appearance are a native fungus that can be found all year-round. They are regularly used in Chinese cooking and medicine.
Cap: Typically a brown-red colour and forms in the shape of an ear. It is often smooth with fine hairs.
Pores: Similar colour to the cap but lighter. They are also smoother.
Spores: White, allantoid.
Flesh: Translucent, thin, jelly-like consistency
Habitat: Commonly grows on dead or living elder trees in large numbers but can be found on other wood.
Ecological Importance: Wood Ears are saprobic meaning they feed on dead or decaying wood, including Elder branches that are dying.
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