Brown Ear - Otidea cochleata


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

Grows on the ground, often in woodland.

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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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map