Scientific Name: Aleuria aurantia (Ascomycetes). 'Aurantia' means 'golden'.
English Name: Orange Peel Fungus (Cup and flask fungus family).
French Name: La Pézize orangée (='oranged foot').
5 Key Characters:
- cup shaped, with age becoming distorted and even splitting.
- really looks like orange peel.
- bright orange on top, covered in pale down underneath.
- can be 10 cm across but usually half that size or smaller.
- always on soil.
Lookalikes: Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcosypha austriaca, which grows on hazel, willow or sycamore twigs in damp woodland.
Habitat: Disturbed soil by woodland tracks.
Fruiting Period: August-September-October-November.
Status: Quite common and widespread.
Edible or toxic: Edible but not very tasty. Can be used to add colour to a dish.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: