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Fungi: Ascomycota: Sordariomycetes: Xylariales: Hypoxylaceae: Daldinia concentrica (Bolton) Ces. & De Not.

Daldinia concentrica – cramp balls

Synonyms: Daldinia atra, Daldinia intermedia, Daldinia tuberosa, Daldinia vernicosa, Fungus fraxineus, Hemisphaeria concentrica, Hemisphaeria tuberosa, Hypoxylon concentricum, Hypoxylon tuberosum, Lycoperdon atrum, Lycoperdon fraxineum, Peripherostoma concentricum, Sphaeria concentrica, Sphaeria fraxinea, Sphaeria tuberosa, Sphaeria tunicata, Stromatosphaeria concentrica, Valsa tuberosa.

Common names: cramp balls, King Alfred's cakes, Carbon Balls.

Extract from Wikipedia article: The inedible fungus Daldinia concentrica is known by several common names, including King Alfred's cake, cramp balls, and coal fungus. As with other 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.

Dutch: Kogelhoutskoolzwam, Estonian: Harilik kerasüsik, German: Kohlen-Kugelpilz, Polish: Warstwiak zwęglony, Swedish: Askskiktdyna, Ukrainian: Дальдінія концентрична.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Wolf Pen Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-12-24.htm">December 24, 2017</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Wolf Pen Creek Park. College Station, Texas, December 24, 2017
Location on mapsWolf Pen Creek Trail, College Station, TX 77840, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> on a log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-03.htm">October 3, 2018</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica on a log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, October 3, 2018
Location on mapsRaccoon Run, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Dissected King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-03.htm">October 3, 2018</A>
LinkDissected King Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, October 3, 2018
Location on mapsRaccoon Run, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Close up of King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-03.htm">October 3, 2018</A>
LinkClose up of King Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, October 3, 2018
Location on mapsRaccoon Run, College Station, TX 77845, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> on a rotting log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-03.htm">October 3, 2018</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica on a rotting log in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, October 3, 2018
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-30.htm">October 30, 2018</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, October 30, 2018
Location on mapsRaccoon Run, College Station, TX 77845, USA
King Alfred's cake mushrooms <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> on Yaupon Loop Trail in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-11-22.htm">November 22, 2018</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake mushrooms Daldinia concentrica on Yaupon Loop Trail in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, November 22, 2018
Location on mapsYaupon Loop, College Station, TX 77845, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> on a rotten log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-16.htm">June 16, 2019</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica on a rotten log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, June 16, 2019
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Washington, TX 77880, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-16.htm">June 16, 2019</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, June 16, 2019
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Close up of King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-16.htm">June 16, 2019</A>
LinkClose up of King Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, June 16, 2019
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Washington, TX 77880, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus <B>Daldinia concentrica</B> on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-08.htm">December 8, 2019</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus Daldinia concentrica on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 8, 2019
Location on mapsOld Washington Town Site Loop Trail, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Rosy corticioid fungus and king Alfred's cake (<B>Daldinia concentrica</B>) on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-08.htm">December 8, 2019</A>
LinkRosy corticioid fungus and king Alfred's cake (Daldinia concentrica) on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 8, 2019
Location on mapsOld Washington Town Site Loop Trail, Washington, TX 77880, USA
King Alfred's cake fungus (<B>Daldinia concentrica</B>) together with some rosy crust in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-08.htm">December 8, 2019</A>
LinkKing Alfred's cake fungus (Daldinia concentrica) together with some rosy crust in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 8, 2019
Location on mapsOld Washington Town Site Loop Trail, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Old king Alfred's cake fungus (<B>Daldinia concentrica</B>) on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-08.htm">December 8, 2019</A>
LinkOld king Alfred's cake fungus (Daldinia concentrica) on an oak log in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 8, 2019
Location on mapsOld Washington Town Site Loop Trail, Washington, TX 77880, USA

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