Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel - Orange Peel Fungus
Fertile (inner) surface - variable 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.
Up to 100 mm across, but more commonly 30 to 60 mm,
they are shiny on the inner surface and downy on the outside.
Infertile (outer) surface and stem - The cup is typically 20 to 40 mm tall
and is attached to the soil by mycelial threads and without a visible stipe.
The pale outer surface of the cup is infertile;
the spores are produced on the shiny inner surface of the cup.
Spores -Ellipsoidal, with a coarsely reticulate surface, 17-24 x 9-11µm
Spore print - White.
Odour - Not distinctive.
Taste - Not distinctive.
Habitat - Saprobic, on and beside disturbed paths, particularly on gravelly soil.
Season - August to early November