|Black Bulgar, Bulgaria inquinans, growing on a fallen Oak branch. West Wickham Common, 7 January 2012.|
This first one, the Black Bulgar, was all over a fallen Oak branch, each growth being only 5 or 6 centimetres across. It looks black in the shady woods, but the bright flash shows that it is really a rich dark brown, a textured outside surface surrounding a shiny, and much darker, central fruiting surface.
|Yellow Brain, Tremella mesenterica. High Elms Country Park, 12 January 2012.|
|Purple Jellydisc, Ascocoryne sarcoides. Keston Common, 24 December 2011.|
All of these, like many fungi, are saprophytes, growing on dead branches or stumps and helping to return them to the soil.