Guide to Mushrooms and Mushrooms of Navarra .: Aleuria aurantia (Fr) Fuck

Synonymy: = Peziza aurantia Pers ex Fr

Popular names: Orange peciza; Katilu orange; Cassoleta anaranjada

Unmistakable mushroom due to its disc shape, plate or ear, without foot and a striking orange-red color. Despite its appearance and scarce consistency is an edible species and also used to aromatize alcoholic beverages.

Macroscopic description:

APOTECIO small or medium size, when their carpophores develop isolated they present a typical disk shape or plate glued to the ground without appreciable foot, from 2 to 10 cm in diameter, but usually fructifica in groups more or less tight and deformed, partially raised and sometimes with ear form, rather than dish. The top is smooth and a striking orange-red color, from which comes the name, with the edges whole and slightly scrambled inwards. EXCIPLE, the outer or lower surface appears as powdery and lighter. CARNE , the whole carpophore is constituted by a thin membrane very fragile, white in section and without flavor or special smell.

The fertile part is the smooth inner surface and a striking orange-red color, from which comes the name.

Microscopic description:

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Striking species on the clay soils of roads, roadsides and slopes in any type of forest, beech or oak and pine forests.

A strictly autumnal species that begins to thrive in September and has its best time in October and November.

Similar species and confusion:

In winter on semi-buried twigs of beech or other deciduous leaves Sarcoscypha coccinea very similar in color but with a differentiated foot. Much smaller and more evenly we have the Scutellinia scutellata ​​i> which fructifies on logs, with discs less than 1.5 cm in diameter and the S. trechispora, still smaller and with dark hairs on the rim and very similar in size and colorful, but without hairs various species of Melastiza .

Distribution in Navarra (Spain):

Quite common on roads in the Middle and Humid Valleys of the north.

Register of the species in the last 40 years in Navarre:

  • Adam Floyd