Observation 89454: Sarcoscypha austriaca (O. Beck ex Sacc.) Boud.
When: 2012-03-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: When I was trying to blow the dead grass and dirt from them, they blew back at me! About two seconds after I’d blow a puff of air, they would blow out a mass of spores. I could actually feel the “breeze” they made on my fingers.

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All this makes me glad
By: Ann B. (Ann F. Berger)
2012-03-16 20:14:02 EDT (-0400)

I was sitting back and just watching! Fingers only felt the “breeze”. But it’s very fun to watch!

Spore inhalation
By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
2012-03-16 01:48:13 EDT (-0400)

isn’t a good idea generally, especially on purpose, in large quantities, to blow them back out your mouth and amuse your friends. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycoperdonosis for a cautionary tale.

It’s fun
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-03-16 01:02:14 EDT (-0400)

to blow on cup fungi and then photograph the spore cloud. Dan’s report of illness from breathing the spores is the first I have heard of this. I guess I have been lucky. Once I imagined that I could hear the explosions of all the ascospores being ejected at once or at least I think I imagined this!

Blowback
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2012-03-16 00:31:21 EDT (-0400)

Hi Ann,

Scarlet cups and other cup fungi release spores en mas in response to wind or other stimulus. Be careful not to inhale the spores! I’ve been made sick for days from inhaling a puff of asco spores.

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