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King Alfred's Cakes / Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica)


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These form uneven, roundish, black fruit bodies on dead standing trees or fallen wood. When young they are a dark rusty brown colour blackening with age. When the spores are mature they spread across the surface forming a dark powder. They were used as a preventative for cramp and were also thought to look like burnt cakes, hence their common names. Picture taken Felmersham, Bedfordshire - 11th February 2006.

11th Feb 2006 by Diane Earl

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