Tan Ear

Otidea alutacea

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Tan Ear Otidea alutacea (Pers.) Massee syn. Peziza alutacea Pers. (illustrated 60% life size) Cup 2–4cm wide, 2–5cm high, lopsided, irregularly wavy, split at the shorter side; inner surface clay-buff, outer pale fawn-buff, slightly scurfy. Flesh yellowish; thick. Spores 12–15×6–7¼, containing 2 oil drops. Asci 250×15¼, not blued by iodine. Paraphyses slender, curved at tip. Habitat often in clusters, in soil in woods; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Not edible.