Spreading Brown Cup Peziza varia (Hedw.) Alb. & Schwein.  

Description:

Fruiting body: Up to 6" (15 cm); cup-shaped when young to broad in maturity; margin often split/ragged; flesh brownish, brittle; central attachment to substrate. Fertile (interior) surface brown, smooth to wrinkled; infertile (outer) surface: white to light brown with pale hairs.

Where to find:

Solitary/groups on rotting hardwoods; occasionally on wood chips or ground with decaying wood.

There are 6 records in the project database.

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Spreading Brown Cup (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (11/18/2015). Determined by Robert Solem and verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Linda Hunt. (MBP list)

Spreading Brown Cup (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (11/22/2015). Determined by Robert Solem and verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spreading Brown Cup (fertile surface) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/13/2019). Verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Spreading Brown Cup (infertile surface) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/13/2019). Verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spreading Brown Cup (overall after 24 hours of drying) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/13/2019). Verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spores from Spreading Brown Cup collected in Howard Co., Maryland (11/18/2015). Verified by Alan Bessette. Ellipsoid, smooth; measured 14.2-16.1 X 8.1-8.7 microns. (Orange spot is debris.) Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Spreading Brown Cup specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (5/13/2019). In ascus, ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline; measured. 17.9 – 20.8 x 9.9 – 10.7, no oil drops. Verified by Alan Bessette. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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