Pig's ear fungus (Gomphus clavatus) derives its name from the funnel-shaped and folded fruiting body, which resembles a pig’s ear in shape and texture. The cap is depressed and has a wavy margin; it is violet, fading to yellowish-brown over time (4). The stem (or ‘stipe’) is short and thick (2).
WARNING: many species of fungus are poisonous or contain chemicals that can cause sickness. Never pick and eat any species of fungus that you cannot positively recognise or are unsure about. Some species are deadly poisonous and can cause death within a few hours if swallowed.
- Fruiting body diameter: up to 6 cm (2)
- Fruiting body height: up to 10 cm (2)