Hare’s Ear (Otidea onotica)
Favouring deciduous woodlands, although occasionally located beneath conifers in mixed woodland, O. onotica often fruits in small clustered groups. Notwithstanding its modest size, where present and observed in good light, its beautiful pink-tinged, yellow-orange colour and distinctive ear-like form makes this a relatively easy fungus to detect. However, despite this and although fairly widespread throughout Britain and Ireland, O. onotica is an uncommon find in its woodland home.
The above images from a mixed deciduous woodland …
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