Observation 83608: Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel
When: 2011-11-28
(37.871° 122.271° )
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Fruiting body: “cup-shaped to […] wavy, or sometimes irregularly contorted (especially if clustered). Fertile (upper or inner) surface bright orange […] more or less smooth; […] Flesh thin, brittle or fragile.”; Stalk: “absent”; Habitat: “in fused clusters on ground, fruiting mainly in the fall and winter in our area. […] It seems to prefer bare soil or sand along roads, […] but also grows in grass”; Comments: “the ‘aleuring’ bright orange color and absence of a stalk are constant. Some species of the Otidea are orangish, but have a more erect rather than prostrate growth habit, while A. rhenana is smaller and has a stalk. […] Melastiza chateri, […] a somewhat similar but smaller species with brown hairs on its exterior.” [all quotes from p. 837 of Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified, 2nd Edition]

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: common “Orange Peel Fungus”
Used references: confirmed with Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
Based on microscopic features: elliptical spores in asci, coarsely reticulate/ridged, with two oil droplets per spore

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