Brown Ear - Otidea cochleata

    Description

    Cup like, 3 to 6cm across with very short stem, split down one side, inner surface yellow brown to dark brown, outer surface slightly rough, concolorous with inner surface or paler, slightly scurfy.

    Similar Species

    Otidea bufonis is similar but is dark purplish brown inside and dark brown outside, whereas O. cochleata is dark brownish
    inside and yellow-brown outside.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grows on the ground, often in woodland.

    When to see it

    Autumn.

    Life History

    Often found in clumps.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Gilroes Cemetery record of 12th October 2012 is the first for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map