FUNGUS

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JELLY EAR

Once au­tumn has ceded to win­ter, the skele­tal trunks and branches of de­cid­u­ous trees and shrubs re­veal their se­crets. Although they may ap­pear bereft of life, look closely at an Elder, say, and you may spot a Jelly Ear fungus seem­ingly glued to the bark. This bizarre life form is gelati­nous to the touch and looks dis­tinc­tively (and quite dis­turbingly) like a floppy hu­man ear.

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