Daldinia concentrica King Alfred’s Cakes/Cramp Balls

Daldinia concentrica           King Alfred’s Cakes/Cramp Balls

                                      

The fruit bodies of this species can be found all year round occuring in small groups or singally on dead wood of broadleaved trees, having a particular affinity with Ash. The hemispherical lumpy fruit bodies are usually curved inwards at the base, up to 70mm across, initally red-brown, rapidly darkening to black.