Hare's Ear

Otidea onotica

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A distinctive fungus of deciduous woodlands.  The ear-shaped cups often appear in groups on the soil and leaf litter in the autumn.

How to identify

A large lop-sided cup 3-10 cm high with slightly inrolled margins.The inner surface is smooth and pinkish-yellow to orange in colour. The outer surface is paler buff colour and slightly scurfy. It has a short, hairy basal stem.

Where to find it

On soil and leaf litter in mixed and deciduous woodlands often near paths.


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden

Species information

Common name
Hare's Ear
Latin name
Otidea onotica
Cup size is 3-10cm high and 1-5cm across. Stem up to 1cm.
Conservation status