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Fungi King Alfred's Cakes

King Alfred's Cakes - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
A neat way to identify fungi is with the ID chart in the Nature Shop called "Fungi Name Trail" - click here

Latin name: Daldinia concentrica

Size: Up to 7cms across

Distribution: Found throughout the UK

Months seen: All year. They are quite a tough fungi and can remain on trees for a long time, becoming brittle with age. Fresh ones appear between June and November.

Habitat: Usually found on the dead wood of ash trees.

Special features: Poisonous. As you can see from the photo, these fungi do have the appearance of burnt cakes, and became linked to the legend of King Alfred burning the cakes. They are sometimes called 'crampballs'.



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