This strange fungus blooms occasionally on old wood on a small tree in our garden. For a few days only, it is thick and jelly-like before rapidly shriveling and drying.
It grows on a branch of a Crossberry tree (Grewia occidentalis) and provides a rare, albeit temporary surprise. It is known as a Jelly Ear Fungus on account of its gelatinous consistency and its ear-like shape. It scientific name, insofar as I have been able to find out, is Auricularia auricula-judae. This fungus can be used in cooking, and it is also used medicinally in many regions of the world. It is widespread throughout temperate and sub-tropical zones worldwide and occurs on all continents (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auricularia_auricula-judae).
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