Otidea bufonia

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Otidea bufonia

26 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Toad's Ear

Fruiting Body

Cup shaped, split down one side, inner surface smooth, dark brown, outer surface paler, to about 7 cm across

Flesh

Brown, brittle

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

According to the literature this species is rare. However, in my experience it is rather common, more so than the similar Peziza badia

Habitat

In woods, and unimproved grassland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, 2 oil drops (13-15) x (6.5-7) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Bufonia means 'toad-like'. This species could be confused with Peziza badia.

Additional Photographs

Otidea bufonia

14 October 2005 Oxfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Otidea bufonia

October 2001 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Otidea bufonia

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscrope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 26 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin