27 November 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Cup shaped, then saucer shaped, often splitting at the margin, inner surface whitish to greyish, smooth, outer surface scurfy, with microscopic hairs, pale brown, to about 2 cm across
Spring to autumn
On sandy soil, and old fire sites
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, with one or two large drops, and many smaller ones (20-22) x (10-12) µm2. Asci 8 spored, tips not blued with Melzers solution. Paraphyses equal, tips slightly expanded. Hairs septate.
The range of spores sizes given in the literature is extremely variable. I have given a range consistent with the specimens shown.