Aleuria aurantia  - The orange peel fungus. Usually easy to recognise because of the the orange colour of the fruit body, this species is often found on bare soil close to decaying stumps of trees. It is an example of a "cup fungus". Fungi like these are very different from the mushrooms and toadstools and their close relatives. The spores from the cup fungi are produced on the upper surface of the fruit body and discharged forcibly into the air. The spores are formed in cylindrical structures, called asci, and in most species the asci contain eight spores each.