Observation 5403: Auricularia nigricans (Fr.: Fr.) Birkebak, Looney, & Sánchez-García
When: 2007-12-07
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: small cup fungi under small hardwood limb
ST: central and v short (could be simply narrowing of cap)
CAP: 5-25mm wide (I’ve seen larger), broadly cup-shaped, opening downward, tan to brown oustide, d soft short velvety, context darker than hair
FLESH: v thin (~0.1-0.2mm thick), v tough and rigid and hard to tear
PORE: fertile surface smooth, dark pinkish to vinaceous brown, lighter places, faint whitish bloom or cast to it, often with broad wrinkles or ridges when older
SPORE: failed to get print

I’d guessed Plectania, but I see now this is definitely just a tree-ear. Demystified makes some noise about there being several similar species… but then fails to list them or distinguish them! I’ll go with the common one since this one is quite common.

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