Auricularia auricular (Judas ear) (Auricularia auricula-judae) photo and description

Auricularia auricular (Auricularia auricula-judae)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Auriculariomycetidae
  • Order: Auriculariales (Auriculariales)
  • Family: Auriculariaceae (Auriculariaceae)
  • Genus: Auricularia (Auricularia)
  • Species: Auricularia auricula-judae (Auricularia auricular (Judas ear))


  • Auricularia auricula

  • Judas ear

  • Muer Black Tree Mushroom

Auricularia auricular (Auricularia auricula)


A hat with a diameter of 3-6 (10) cm, cantilever, attached sideways, lobed, shell-shaped, convex top, with a lowered edge, velvety, finely bristled, honeycomb-depressed on the underside (resembles an ear shell), finely folded with veins, matte, dry the weather is gray-brown, reddish-brownish, brown with a reddish tinge, in wet weather it is olive-brown or yellow-brown with a reddish-brown tint, brownish-reddish in the light.

The spore powder is whitish.

The pulp is thin, elastic-gelatinous, dense, without any special smell.


Auricularia auricularia grows from summer to late autumn, from July to November, on dead wood, at the base of trunks and on branches of deciduous trees and shrubs (oak, elderberry, maple, alder), in groups, rarely. More common in the southern regions (Caucasus).


Auricularia auricular - A little-known edible mushroom of medium quality with a dense, gristly crunchy flesh.

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