Bulgaria inquinans (NL: Zwarte knoopzwam / EN: Black Bulgar / DE: Gemeiner Schmutzbecherling / FR: Bulgarie salissante) is a fungus from the family Bulgariaceae. It is an odd mushroom, reminiscent of black gumdrops with scaly brown shells. Fruit bodies are 1– 4cm across. Older specimens are quite flabby and gelatinous, leading to confusion with jelly fungi, but younger specimens (like the ones illustrated) have more of a cup fungus appearance. It grows on branches and bark of dead Oak, Beech and Hornbeam. The species can be found from October to March. It can be commonly found on felled trees stored in timber yards.
Image: Schoten (B) - 20/09/2011
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