Orange Peel Fungus

Aleuria aurantia


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Orange Peel Fungus Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel syn. Peziza aurantia Pers. (illustrated 60% life size) Cup 0.5–10cm across, cup-shaped, becoming wavy and flattened; inner surface bright yellowish-orange, outer whitish, covered in fine, white down visible under a hand lens. Flesh whitish; thin, brittle. Spores 17–24Γ—9–11ΒΌ, elliptical, coarsely reticulate, containing 2 oil drops. Asci 220Γ—13ΒΌ, not blued by iodine. Habitat gregarious, on bare soil or amongst grass in lawns or at roadsides; early autumn to early winter. Common. Edible.

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