Orange peel fungus

Aleuria aurantia

The Orange Peel Fungus is a widespread ascomycete fungus in the order Pezizales. The brilliant orange, cup-shaped ascocarps often resemble orange peels strewn on the ground, giving this species its common name.
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Appearance

Mycological characteristics
smooth hymenium
no distinct cap
hymenium attachment is irregular or not applicable
lacks a stipe
spore print is white

In Europe, the orange peel may be confused with species of ''Otidea'' or ''Caloscypha'' which are poisonous or of unknown edibility.
The North American Audubon Mushroom Field Guide lists orange peel fungi as edible, though not necessarily choice, with no particularly notable continental lookalikes.
Orange Peel Fungus There were many of these growing amongst the logging debris. Interesting to me to learn that the species name, aurantia, means “orange” in Latin. Aleuria aurantia,Canada,Fall,Geotagged,Orange peel fungus

Distribution

The orange peel fungus grows on bare clay or disturbed soil throughout North America and Europe. ''Aleuria aurantia'' fruits mainly in late summer and autumn.
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Behavior

ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: edible

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