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Black Bulgar Fungus

Black bulgar fungus, Bulgaria inquinans, growing on a fallen oak tree.  The first time I have seen this species.

When young they are like a cup fungus; when old they open out to be more like a black jelly fungus such as Exidia glandulosa.

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2011-10-28.

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