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King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica), Mycobee Library No.31

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Scientific name: Daldinia concentrica

English name: King Alfred's Cakes

Polish name: Warstwiak zwęglony


King Alfred’s Cakes also known as Carbon Fungus, Coal Fungus or Cramp Balls.

The name King Alfred‘s Cakes comes from the legend. It was said that King Alfred was asked to look after baking cakes but he burned them. To hide his bad culinary skills, King Alfred destroys them all.

It is said, when we carry this fungus, it will prevent from the cramps.


Left overnight on tissue and it produced fabulous spore print.



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