Observation 45756: Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel

When: 2010-05-21

Collection location: Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

In Audubon Sarcoscypha coccinea looke similar, but the spores are very large and smooth for S. coccinea. Found growing on the ground. Largest ones about an inch. Stalkless. M. chateri in Phillips seems close.

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400x in Meltzer’s. Had difficulty focusing my old scope. Spores appeared to be roughened/ornamented.

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I did consider Aleuria aurantia
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-05-25 13:06:50 EDT (-0400)

but decided against it because of… the small size of the fruit bodies, the texture of the flesh more tough/pliant than brittle, and the relatively thick margins seen on my specimens. I think, though, that maybe these are Aleuria which did not fully mature before drying out somewhat. Unfortunately, the spore size/shape/ornamentation is virtually identical for M. chateri and A. aurantia. Whitish outer surface favors Aleuria.

Created: 2010-05-23 10:48:33 EDT (-0400)
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