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Aleuria aurantia (Fr.) Fuckel 1870 [1869-70]

Orange peel fungus

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusAleuriaTranslates roughly from Greek as “golden flour,” a presumed reference to the orange color and whitish underside
SpeciesaurantiaLatin for “Orange”

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Orange peel fungus favors soil high in clay or disturbed ground, such as roadsides and trails. They are found throughout much of North America, as well as Europe, South America, Asia, and Australasia.

Identification: Orange peel fungus really does resemble orange peels. It tends to have a cuplike appearance, about the thickness of an orange peel, and lighter coloring underneath. Typically bright orange, they may be pale yellow as well. Fruits are irregular in shape, ½-2½" (1.5-7 cm) in size. The fleshis brittle. They lack a stem, but are pinched at the point of attachment. Upper surfaces are bright orange. Undersides are whitish and fuzzy.

Edibility: Edible, but used for color, not taste. Some describe it as “smoky” or “meaty.”

Online References:

Michael Kuo's MushroomExpert.com



Medicinal Mushrooms: Investigating Bioactive Compounds from Kingdom Fungi

Peziza aurantia Fr. 1800

Peziza antarctica Speg. 1888


Aleuria aurantia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 9 Aug 2023.

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Aleuria aurantia (orange peel fungus)