Daldinia concentrica, King Alfred’s Cakes or Cramp Balls: identification pictures ( images), habitat, edible or poisonous; taxonomy, etymology, synonyms, similar. Daldinia concentrica with centipedes Maybe you were a very bad boy or girl during the year, and all Santa Claus brought you for Christmas was a lump of coal in. King Alfred’s Cakes, Daldinia concentrica, also known as Cramp Balls. This distinctive fungus grows on Ash trees.

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The visible part of the fungus, the fruit-body is initially reddish-brown in colour, but becomes black and shiny as it ages 2.

King Alfred’s cakes conservation Conservation action has not been targeted concentric this species. Carbon balls; Crampballs; King Alfred’s cakes.

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When each ascus becomes engorged with fluid it extends outside the perithecium and releases spores. King Alfred’s cakes are found growing on the dead branches of deciduous trees, particularly ash, but can also occur on beech and alder 4.

During these asexual stages the fungus releases colorless spores called conidia which may appear whitish en masse. Wild Plants Main Index. Never pick and eat any species of fungus that you cannot positively recognise or are unsure about.


These are the openings of ascospore-forming structures called perithecia located just below the surface. Another specimen of Daldinia concentrica.

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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Views Read Edit View history. Mature specimens of Daldinia concentrica on wood. Help us share the wonders of the natural world.

King Alfred’s cakes status Widespread 3. You might break your teeth if you tried. The surface of mature Carbon balls may appear finely dotted pimple-dotted with minute bumps. Authentication This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible.

As with daldniia fungi the light spores are distributed globally and the fungi develop wherever conditions are suitable – it lives on dead and decaying wood, and is a common, widespread saprotroph.

A paper examines the chemical composition of Daldinia concentrica but you need to subscribe to the Journal of Natural Products if you want to read more than the abstract.

Daldinia concentrica

King Alfred’s cakes habitat King Alfred’s cakes are found growing on the dead branches of deciduous trees, particularly ash, but can also occur on beech and alder 4. Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world.

A related species, Daldinia vernicosaconcentriac a narrowed, stemlike sterile base beneath the fertile portion. Fragments can be broken off to expose more embers and transferred to a tinder bundle to create an open flame. Numerous concentric layers of fungus tissue i. All material and data on this webpage www. Common duckweed Lemna concntrica. Several carbon ball specimens were allowed to sit on the paper plate and identification slip at the NEMF foray.


King Alfred’s Cakes, Daldinia concentrica

The moth was first seen in Britain inin Berkshire, and has since been seen in Sussex and Leicestershire. But it has other uses. Most sources agree that like tree ringsthese layers are related to seasonal growth.

This fungus resembles a black ball made of Carbon or coal attached to trunks of trees. There are at least five species of Daldinia in Northern Europe and three of these grow on burnt wood.

Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest wild news direct to your inbox. King Daldijia cakes, also known as ‘cramp balls’ is a hard, inedible ball-shaped fungus 4.