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Ergot Fungus

A fungus growing on an ear of grass: probably an ergot, Claviceps sp.  The most famous Claviceps is C. purpurea which is reputed to have caused for mass poisonings when it got into bread in the middle ages.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2011-09-19.

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