King Alfred's Cakes

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Can anyine help me find them please. I understand they like dead ash, but I have never found any to date. I found what I thought was them but the fungi went all 'jelly like' :(

Pictures of typical environment would be great.
 

British Red

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They don't need much drying and can be lit straight from the tree. They do leak spores like crazy so dry in a paper bag. You can find them at all times of year
 

Geoff Dann

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but the fungi went all 'jelly like' :(

Probably Black Bulgar.

You're the second person I've seen posting on this board about difficulty finding King Alfred's Cakes. It seems strange to me, because I see this species pretty much every time I go out looking for fungi. I guess it must be unevenly distributed in the UK.
 

wattsy

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Also when you do find some cut them in half there's a type of weevil that spends its larval stage in them eating them which makes a hell of a mess if you don't get rid of them
 

slowworm

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In my experience there does seem to be less down here in Devon than places like Kent and Surrey. They are about though, not just on dead ash but on the lower dead branches of living, large ash trees.
 
Sep 21, 2008
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In my experience there does seem to be less down here in Devon than places like Kent and Surrey. They are about though, not just on dead ash but on the lower dead branches of living, large ash trees.

Hmmmm I wonder if is a Dartmoor climate thing???? Bracket fungi, yes... cramp balls, no. :(
 

Bushwhacker

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Also when you do find some cut them in half there's a type of weevil that spends its larval stage in them eating them which makes a hell of a mess if you don't get rid of them

That particular weevil (if it's the one I'm thinking of) is pretty rare - Platyrhinus resinosus.
 

Ogri the trog

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In my experience there does seem to be less down here in Devon than places like Kent and Surrey. They are about though, not just on dead ash but on the lower dead branches of living, large ash trees.
I think "Diseased" Ash rather then "dead"....

Hmmmm I wonder if is a Dartmoor climate thing???? Bracket fungi, yes... cramp balls, no. :(
Same here in Mid Wales - very few usable fungi, but plenty of toxic examples - I have to wait till I visit my folks in south Wales to collect Cramp Balls

ATB

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