Observation 130164: Sarcoscypha (Fr.) Boud.

When: 2013-03-13

Collection location: Wildwood Park, Radford City, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dr. Gary Coté (gcote)

No specimen available

The larger fungus is a scarlet cup, Sarcoscypha, probably austriaca. What is growing on it? Is this an odd misdevelopment, or is it a parasite on the fungus.

Habitat is rich oak/hickory/buckeye forest, along a creek, abundant fallen trees in area, rich in fungi (we call it the Fungal Gardens). Sarcoscypha comes up in abundance every winter.

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Thanks for the compliment
By: Dr. Gary Coté (gcote)
2013-03-14 09:45:00 CDT (-0400)

Thanks for the compliments on the picture. To be fair, I forgot to note in the observation that they are not mine, but those of a colleague, Nancy Kent.

I would bet
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-03-13 18:54:45 CDT (-0400)

that the little cups are just weird outgrowths of the Sarcoscypha.
This is a fairly common phenomenon for cup-shaped ascos. Peziza in particular do this frequently.

great pictures.
By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2013-03-13 17:11:43 CDT (-0400)

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