Common Names: Black bulgar
Sub-category: Jelly Fungus
This cup-shaped mushroom has the appearance of black gumdrops or rubber, with scaly brown shells. Fruiting body is cup or top-shaped at first, but then becoming flattened or convex; 1 to 5 cm across. Outer surface is brown to black, somewhat hairy or scaly (often smoother and blacker with age.) Upper surface is black, shiny, and smooth; flesh rubbery to gelatinous; stem absent or merely a pinched-off extension.
It grows on branches and bark of dead Oak and Hornbeam; October to March.