Carbon Ball Fungus Daldinia concentrica (Bolton) Cesati & De Notaris  Synonyms: Carbon Balls.

Status:

Found solitary or (more often) in clusters on decaying hardwoods.

Description:

Fruiting body: Reddish-brown, brown, black (in age); may be shiny; often a dimpled surface; spherical or irregular; mostly stalkless, but occasionally with a short stalk; vertically cut fruiting body reveals concentric rings. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 44 records in the project database.

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Carbon Ball Fungus (stalked fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (2/27/2011). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus (cluster of old fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/2/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (11/9/2009). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/9/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus (split fruiting bodies showing concentric rings) in Howard Co., Maryland (11/9/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/14/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus in Howard Co., Maryland (3/1/2019). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus in Howard Co., Maryland (3/1/2019). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus (young) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2018). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus in Howard Co., Maryland (8/11/2019). Determined by Bob Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Spores of Carbon Ball Fungus in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2018). Crescent-shaped, smooth, black; measured 12.0-13.2 X 6.1-6.7 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Carbon Ball Fungus in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/16/2019). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)


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