TG2105 : Jew's ear fungi (Auricularia auricula-judae)

taken 16 days ago, near to Eaton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Jew's ear fungi (Auricularia auricula-judae)
Jew's ear fungi (Auricularia auricula-judae)
In Danby Wood. The "ear" is the fruiting body of an edible mushroom known as Jew's ear, wood ear or jelly ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) which can be found worldwide. It grows on dead wood, especially elder, and the brown fruiting body has a noticeably ear-like shape. Its name is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree and the common name "Judas's ear" eventually became "Jew's ear", while today "jelly ear" and other names are sometimes used. The fungus can be found throughout the year in temperate regions worldwide, where it grows upon both dead and living wood.
Danby Wood nature reserve
Danby Wood is a small broadleaved semi-natural woodland and one of eight local nature reserves in Norwich. Up until the 1930s the site was a working chalk quarry with many banks, hills and hollows that can still be seen today. The most common trees that colonised the site are sycamore and ash but lime, beech and oak are also present. The woodland supports a wide variety of birds and speckled wood, tortoiseshell and small white butterflies can be seen here during the summer months. The site is adjoined by the Eaton golf course and only a short distance away from the Marston Marshes. A public footpath linking both areas leads along the edge of the golf course.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 November, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 30 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2191 0571 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2295N 1:16.5399E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2191 0571
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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