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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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16 January, 2016

Aleuria aurantia: the orange peel fungus:





If ever a fungi had a truly descriptive English or common name it must surely be this one, the orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia); it looks exactly like orange peel dropped by a passer by. It is quite common and is usually found in large clusters on bare soil alongside paths and roadsides in woody areas in late summer and early autumn. It also appears in grassy areas some times.
The cup size can vary considerably and can be as little as .5cm and up to 10cms, that is about 4 inches! It is easy to be confused by this variation and one might think they are different species but the only British alternative is the scarlet elf cup but that is a much deeper red, well scarlet actually!
Said to be edible but I do not think it tastes like an orange.
Aleuria aurantia: the orange peel fungus: