Peziza echinospora

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Peziza echinospora

30 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Cup shaped, often flattened or irregular, inner surface pale to dark brown, smooth, outer surface whitish, scurfy, to about 10cm across

Flesh

Brownish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late spring to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On fire sites

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, warty (14-18) x (7-9)µm2. Asci (250-280) x (11-12)µm2. Paraphyses equal, septate, slightly swollen at tips.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species cannot be identified without a microscope. There are several other Peziza species which grow on fire sites, including P. petersii, P. violacea and P. proteana

Additional Photographs

Peziza echinospora

Spores viewed with a x100 oil immerson objective. 30 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin