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Small saprophytic fungus 1-2 cm in diameter. Cup shaped ascomycota, order pezizales. Saucer-shaped and sessile, inner surface vermillion orange, outer paler, covered in minute, downy brown hairs especially near the margin. Habitat on bare sandy or gravelly soil. Season autumn to spring. Uncommon. Not edible. This European species appears all year as smooth, dull orange-red disks up to 15 mm in diameter on damp sandy soil.
Spotted in a Holm oak and cork oak forest. Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.
Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/36; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired