Orange Peel Fungus
A very unusual, completely unmistakable, and edible mushroom.
|Orange Peel Fungus, Croen Oren (CY), Dzieżka Pomarańczowa (PL), Narancsszínű Csészegomba (HU)
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No distinct cap, just a sheet of thin fragile bright orange flesh usually corrugated forming a rosette sometimes with multiple ‘petals’. Can be completely flat to the ground, or more upright becoming 5cm tall.
Does not have gills but the underside is paler than the upper surface and finely flocculose with a more matt finish.
Pores are too small to see with the naked eye but are on the upper surface of the cap to allow the spores to be released into the air and be blown away.
Some members of the Peziza family, pictured, can look similar but are brown to tan and never as bright orange as the Orange Peel Fungus. Pezizas are inedible not toxic.
The Scarlet and Ruby Elfcup are similar but bright red.
The Salmon Salad Fungus, Guepinia helvelloides, can look similar but is more a salmon pink than bright orange. It is edible but not worth eating so confusion would not be dangerous.
Taste / Smell
Locally very common, where you find one you will likely find many.
White, ellipsoid. These are ejected from the upper surface of the cap in a rush when they are fully developed and the mushroom is knocked.