Brown Ear

Otidea cochleata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Brown Ear Otidea cochleata (L.) Fuckel syn. O. umbrina (Pers.) Bres. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–6cm across, split on one side, subsessile; inner surface tan to dark brown, outer ochraceous-buff, slightly scurfy. Spores 16–18Γ—7–8ΒΌ. Asci 200–260Γ—11–12ΒΌ, tips not blued by iodine. Habitat on bare earth or in sparse grass in deciduous or coniferous woodland; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.

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