Orange Peel Fungus
A very unusual, completely unmistakable, and edible mushroom.
|Common Names||Orange Peel Fungus|
|Scientific Name||Aleuria aurantia|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
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 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 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
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.