Sunday, 7 February 2010

Another Fungus in the Garden

A dead branch hanging from an Elder tree has a growth of Jew's Ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae emerging from it.
The term "Jews Meat" was a deprecatory term used for all fungi in the Middle Ages.
The alternative common name Judas's ear fungus has its origin in the belief that Judas hanged himself on an elder tree.
It is one of the few fungi that has the ability to withstand freezing temperatures.

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