Brown Pecica (Peziza badia)Systematics:
- Department: Ascomycota (Ascomycetes)
- Subdivision: Pezizomycotina (Pesizomycotins)
- Class: Pezizomycetes (Pecicomycetes)
- Subclass: Pezizomycetidae (Pecicomycetes)
- Order: Pezizales
- Family: Pezizaceae
- Genus: Peziza (Pecitsa)
- Species: Peziza badia (Brown Pecica)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Pecica dark chestnut
- Chestnut pecica
- Pecitsa brown-chestnut
- Pecica dark brown
Pecica dark chestnut
Pecica dark brown
Pecica olive brown
The fruiting body is 1-5 (12) cm in diameter, at first almost spherical, later cupped or saucer-shaped, wavy-rounded, sometimes flattened oval, sessile. The inner surface is matte brown-olive, the outside is brown-chestnut, sometimes with an orange tint, with whitish fine-grained, especially along the edge. The pulp is thin, brittle, brownish, odorless. Spore powder is white.
Brown pecica (Peziza badia) grows from mid-May to September, sometimes appearing with morels. Inhabits the soil in coniferous (with pine) and mixed forests, on dead deciduous wood (aspen, birch), on stumps, near roads, always in wet places, in groups, often, annually. One of the most common species of the genus.
It can be confused with other brown pets; there are many of them, and they are all just as tasteless.
Poor quality edible mushroom, used fresh (boiled for about 10 minutes) and dried.