Sunday Fungi: Ruby Carbuncles

Yes, it is a fungi. I think it could be King Alfred’s Cakes. Except I’d say it’s too pale. But maybe that’s because it’s wet. Fungi tend to change colour when dry.

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Possibly King Alfred’s Cakes: 13 March 2018

And while I’ve titled the post Ruby Carbuncles, yet to me these weird fungi also resemble kidneys, bloodless kidneys.

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12 Responses to Sunday Fungi: Ruby Carbuncles

  1. We have some King Alfred’s Cakes in the park nearby, but you’re right, when they’re the colour above they do look like kidneys!

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    King Alfred had weird taste in cakes; those look disgusting! Carbuncle is more like it, I agree. Okay, maybe if they weren’t wet… Nope.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      These are supposed to resemble the cakes he burned (cos his mind was taken with planning his winning battle against the Great Army). But these fungi are wet; when dry they truly do look like burned cakes. Or so it is said. Personally, when dry they remind me of horse droppings! πŸ™‚

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        Mmm, horse droppings cake, my favorite!

        After reading your post, I searched online for the mushrooms and ended up finding the story behind them. Not cakes at all (not the sweet ones I’m thinking of, at least) but burned bread loaves — now it makes sense!

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Yea, well, I guess we Brits are so familiar with the story, we don’t question whether it’s bread or cake. Though probably in King Alfred’s day we Brits didn’t have cake. πŸ™‚

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  3. Dale says:

    Kidneys or weird little snails!

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