Common Eyelash

Scutellinia scutellata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Common Eyelash Scutellinia scutellata (L.) Lambotte (illustrated 45% life size) Cup 0.2โ€“1cm across, shallowly disc-shaped; inner surface bright orange-red, outer pale brown, covered in stiff, dark brown or black hairs up to 1,000ยผ long and 40ยผ wide towards the forked, rooting bases, narrowing towards the pointed apices, septate, visible without a lens as distinct โ€˜eyelashesโ€™ at the margin. Spores 18โ€“19ร—10โ€“12ยผ, elliptical, roughened, containing several small oil drops. Asci 300ร—25ยผ. Habitat on damp soil or rotten wood; late spring to late autumn. Common. Not edible.

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