Octospora rutilans

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Octospora rutilans (Fr.) Dennis & Itzerott syn. Neottiella rutilans (Fr.) Dennis (illustrated life size) Cup 0.5–1.5cm across, saucer-shaped, short stalk at the centre almost buried in substrate; inner surface bright yellowish-orange, outer whitish, flushed orange towards margin, covered in minute, downy white hairs. Spores 22–25×13–15¼, broadly elliptical, reticulate, containing 1 or 2 oil drops. Asci 300×20¼. Habitat on heathland or sandy soil amongst Polytrichum mosses; autumn to winter. Uncommon. Not edible.