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Aleuria aurantia
great orange elf-cup, orange fairy-cup, orange peel fungus, orange-peel fungus, orange-peel
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Distribution: A. aurantia is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere.

Habitat: grassy areas on disturbed soil, in gardens, and along roadsides

Substrate: On ground, in groups or clusters.

Spores: Summer and fall

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: It is edible, but brittle and hard to collect intact, and has little taste.

Description:
Edibility:

It is edible, but brittle and hard to collect intact, and has little taste.

Identification Notes:

Spores are white. Growth of up to 2 inches. Cup diameter of up to 4 inches. A. rhenana Fuckel is similarly colored, with smaller cups borne on stipes and occurring in clusters. It is much less frequently encountered, seemingly preferring old-growth forests.

Sources: Beug, Michael W., Alan E. Bessette, and Arleen R. Bessette. Ascomycete Fungi of North America. Austin, University of Texas Print, 2014. Roberts, Peter and Evans, Shelley. The Book of Fungi. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Trudell, Steve and Joe Ammirati. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Timber Press, Inc. 2009.

Accepted Name:
Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aleuria aurantia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Aleuria aurantia photos.

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