Melastiza chateri Pyronemataceae Orange Cup

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Melastiza chateri, Orange Cup. This fungus will probably make you think of Orange Peel Fungus at first glance, but a closer look will reveal many differences. The disc-shaped bodies are more regularly circular than in that species, and do not get as large, being 0.2-1.5cm in diameter. If you look closely at the margin of the disc you will note a ring of minute dark brown hairs. It is a duller orange-red. This species is a coloniser of bare earth, often arising after some disturbance or clearance has occurred, in large troops. It may be quite frequent in the island, but goes unnoticed due to its small size, and fleeting occurrence.

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