GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
These curious fungi make effective firelighters.
Bush craft enthusiasts might know this fungus by yet another epithet: tinder balls. This isn’t simply because of its similarities to a piece of lumpwood charcoal but because its desiccated nature makes it an excellent bed for
the sparks from a flint and steel. A less proven use is to clutch one in your armpit to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps – hence the name cramp ball. While it’s inedible to us, the fungus is feasted on by the tiny, rare concealer moth Harpella forficella.