Jelly Ear

Auricularia auricula-judae

Weird in look and touch

Have a look for jelly ear on the Ghanaian tree roots of the Ghost Forest then have a touch. Not only does it look like an ear, it feels like one. This strange looking fungus is normally found on elder Sambucus nigra trees.

Its historical names of Fungi Sambuci and Judas Ear reflect this link – William Shakespeare recounts in his Loves Labours Lost that ‘Judas Iscariot’ was hanged on an elder tree.