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Cup Fungus

Peziza succosa

Description:

Fruiting Body: Cup-shaped when young, and usually remaining so in maturity; when clustered becoming pinched and contorted; 2-5 cm across; upper surface smooth, brown to grayish brown or olive brown; outer surface smooth or finely granular, pale (often contrasting with the inner surface when fresh and young), sometimes stained yellow to greenish yellow; stem absent; attached to the substrate at a central location; odor and taste not distinctive; flesh whitish to grayish, when squeezed exuding a juice that stains surfaces bright yellow to greenish yellow.

Habitat:

Ecology: Traditionally thought to be saprobic, but recent research (Tedersoo and collaborators, 2006) suggests it is mycorrhizal; growing alone, gregariously, or in small clusters on bare soil,

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Wendy Clapham
Spotted by
Wendy Clapham

Swartland Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 16, 2013
Submitted on Nov 16, 2013

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