Geopora arenosa

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Geopora arenosa

27 November 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Cup shaped, then saucer shaped, often splitting at the margin, inner surface whitish to greyish, smooth, outer surface scurfy, with microscopic hairs, pale brown, to about 2 cm across

Flesh

Brittle, whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On sandy soil, and old fire sites

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, with one or two large drops, and many smaller ones (20-22) x (10-12) µm2. Asci 8 spored, tips not blued with Melzers solution. Paraphyses equal, tips slightly expanded. Hairs septate.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The range of spores sizes given in the literature is extremely variable. I have given a range consistent with the specimens shown.

Additional Photographs

Geopora arenosa

4 October 1997 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin