| Auricularia angiospermarum
|Grows from hardwood; a visually identical version, Auricularia americana, grows
from conifer wood. To show the need for scientific names, some of the many
common names of this fungus are wood ear, tree ear, jelly ear, Judas' ear and
cloud ear. Edible and used frequently in Asian cuisine, especially with soups; adds a
textural and nutritional component, as it lacks flavor.
Formerly known as Auricularia auricula-judae, a European species whose name we
borrowed for a hundred years.
|Fungus of the Month at
Tom Volk's Fungi.