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Orange peel fungus

Aleuria aurantia

Description:

These striking fungi vary in colour from pale orange through to a very deep orange-red inside the cup, while the outer surface is paler and covered in a very fine whitish down. The cups are initially round but soon develop wavy margins and have a tendency to split. They are shiny on the inside surface and downy on the outside. The cup is typically 1 to 4 cm tall and is attached to the soil by mycelial threads and without a visible stipe. The pale outer surface of the cup is infertile and the spores are produced on the shiny inner surface of the cup.

Habitat:

The orange peel fungus grows on bare clay or disturbed soil throughout North America and Europe. Aleuria aurantia fruits mainly in late summer and autumn.

Notes:

Orange peel fungus spotted in Spielderbos, Veluwe, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Jae
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Putten, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 14, 2021
Submitted on Oct 17, 2021

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