Auriscalpium vulgare (Pinecone Tooth)
North America, Europe
Cap 1-2 cm diameter; stem 2-6 cm tall * 0.1-0.2 cm diameter
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Auriscalpium vulgare, also known as Pinecone Tooth, is a small to long medium-sized fungus, with a brown cap attached at one side or off the centre of the stem. The long, slender, stem rises from decaying pine cones.

Cap kidney-shaped when young, covered in fine bristles, and pale brown in colour. As it matures, it becomes tough and turns darker brown. The upper side of the cap is brown to dark purplish brown, covered with dark brown fibrils, while the underside is spiny. The flesh of the cap is thin and flexible, with the spines ranging from light to dark brown. Stem Eccentric, often attached right at one edge of the cap, brown, hairy, rigid, joined laterally to the cap, swollen towards the base. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: The spores measure 3.5-6 ยต and have a broad elliptical to nearly round shape. Initially smooth, they may develop fine spines as they mature. The spores are amyloid, meaning they will stain with iodine.

Auriscalpium vulgare on the First Nature Web site.
Auriscalpium vulgare on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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