Plicaria endocarpoides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Plicaria endocarpoides (Berek.) Rifai. syn. Plicaria leiocarpa (Curr.) Boud. (illustrated 50% life size) Cup 1–6cm across, cup-shaped, soon expanding, becoming almost flat, sessile; inner surface blackish-brown, outer dull brown covered in black, sooty patches. Flesh yellowish-buff, yielding yellowish juice on cutting. Spores 8–9¼ in diameter, globose, smooth, containing several small oil drops. Asci 200×10¼, blued at the tip by iodine. Habitat on bonfire sites or on heaths after forest fires; autumn to spring. Frequent. Not edible.