Observation 93130: Auricularia fuscosuccinea (Mont.) Henn.

When: 2012-04-01

Collection location: Chicot State Park, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Clayton kern (coolclay)

No specimen available

Some species of wood ear mushroom, much larger, and more leathery than I have ever seen.

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By: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)
2012-04-27 12:16:48 -05 (-0500)

As far as I’ve read, all Auricularia are edible. A. fuscosuccinea, known as the jin ear or snow ear in Taiwan, is indeed edible, and cultured specimens have actually been found have the highest level of antioxidants of any of the wood ears. Not much in the way of taste, but they add a nice texture when broken up in Asian soups.

Great info!
By: Clayton kern (coolclay)
2012-04-26 20:00:05 -05 (-0500)

Thanks for the detailed info! I didn’t scope it (but should have in retrospect) but now that you mention it, it certainly was a little more rosy than most A. auricula I have found are. Any word on edibility, I am assuming edible because most Auricularians are?

A. fuscosuccinea
By: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)
2012-04-26 18:30:11 -05 (-0500)

It was originally described from Cuba. It has a continuous distribution from Argentina to Tennessee. According to Bernard Lowy (the guy who monographed Auricularia in the 50’s), A. fuscosuccinea is more prevalent throughout Louisiana than A. auricula-judae. You can tell them apart in cross section by the presence of a medulla, which is a stratified zone of hyphae arranged parallel to the surface. A. auricula-judae does not have this. It is also possible to tell them apart by color, as A. fuscosuccinea tends to have a rosy or vinaceous hue to it, but it is not full-proof due to variation of color over age and moisture content.

Could you tell us a little more about this species
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2012-04-25 22:38:13 -05 (-0500)

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