|Description||Cloud ear fungus (Auricularia polytricha, syn. Hirneola polytricha) is an edible jelly fungus. It is gray-brown in color and often used in Asian cooking.
Fruit body resupinate or pileate, loosely attached, laterally and sometimes by a very short stalk, elastic, gelatinous; sterile surface dark yellowish brown to dark brown with greyish brown bands, hairy, silky. Hymenium smooth, or wrinkled, pale brown to dark brown to blakish brown with a whitish boom. Hairs thick-walled, up to 0.6mm long. Basidia cylindrical, hyaline, 3-septate, 46-60 × 4-5.5?m with 1-3 lateral sterigmata; sterigmata 9-15 × 1.5-12?m. spores, hyaline, reniform to allantoid, 13-16 × 4-5.5?m, guttulate.|