A European fungus which produces a shiny spherical black fruiting body on dead or dying wood, especially ash. Also called King Alfred's cakes.
- Daldinia concentrica, family Xylariaceae, subdivision Ascomycotina
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- Of course, even if you've done as I suggest, your cramp balls can be re-infested at a later date unless stored in a bug-proof container.
- Daldinia concentrica also known as King Alfred's cakes, cramp balls or coal fungus is one of the more common species.
- Black cramp balls, or King Alfred's Cakes, pepper the trunk of an old ash.
so named because it was once believed to be a charm against cramp and ague.