Aleuria aurantia  

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Aleuria aurantia (Pers.) Fuckel 1890

This ‘Orange Peel’ cup fungus is saprotrophic. Its common name is dereived from the observation that it resembles an orange peel tossed on the soil or gravely ground. It typically appears on disturbed soil (along woodland paths or roads) in late summer and autumn. The spore-bearing interior is a often shiny and always a brighter and darker orange than the paler exterior. There is no stem, but one can find white mycelia at the base of the cup. While not tasty, it is edible and looks great in salads. Aleuria aurantia is in the Pyrenemataceae family  of the Pezizales Order of ascomycetes.

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Aleuria aurantia