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Orange Peel Fungus

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A very unusual, completely unmistakable, and edible mushroom.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Orange Peel Fungus
Scientific Name Aleuria aurantia
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Fruiting Body

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.

Pores

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.

Stem

No real stem, more a very short thickening in the middle of the cap going into the ground.

Flesh

Very thin, same colour as underside of cap.

Habitat

Saprobic on grass, gravel, or soil, usually compacted such as the side of paths.

Possible Confusion

Some members of the Peziza family, pictured, can look similar and are poisonous but are brown to tan and never as bright orange as the Orange Peel Fungus.
The Scarlet and Ruby Elfcup are similar but bright red.

Taste / Smell

Pleasantly mushroomy

Frequency

Locally very common, where you find one you will likely find many.

Spores

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.

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