Notes:
Many, in small clusters, on the cut end of a fallen deciduous tree, growing with Ascocoryne sarcoides (Observation 439056). Tree had fallen and been cut up several years ago. In deciduous forest (oak, hickory,maple, buckeye, basswood), in floodplain of Connelly’s Run. Also common on fallen wood elsewhere in the Park.

Colors vary with camera (and device screen), but, to the eye, these were more orange than red, and definitely not yellowish. They were all 2.5 mm or less.

Images

Ascus at 430x under microscope. Spores are about 25 × 15 um.
At 10x under dissecting scope.
Hymenium cross-section at 100x under microscope.
“Lashes” at 100x under microscope.

Proposed Names

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Used references: Kuo (Mushroom Expert website), Roody (Mushrooms of WV and the Central Appalachians), Emberger (Messiah College fungal website)

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Microscopic observations
By: Dr. Gary Coté (gcote)
2020-11-26 17:00:04 AST (-0400)

A specimen was collected, photographed under the dissecting scope and sectioned. Sections were examined and photographed under a compound microscope. Hymenium was about 320 um thick and contained many asci. Tips of paraphyses are slightly swollen. An ascus was about 300 um long, containing 8 spores. Spores were mostly smooth, but had some bumps indicating possible ornamentation developing. Eyelashes were in the range of 0.6 mm.

Spores are in range for S., scutellata or S. setosa, but possible ornamentation suggests S. scutellata as does the less than gregarious growth.

On further reflection, S. scutellata
By: Dr. Gary Coté (gcote)
2020-11-21 16:46:15 AST (-0400)

Thanks to Malcolm for comment on the hairs. On further comparison to published pictures I have decided that it is more likely a small S. scutellata. A friend reports they are still fruiting, so I may be able to get a specimen to check spores.

Hairs
By: Malcolm (Flaxton)
2020-11-14 06:59:09 AST (-0400)

The ratio of hairs to cup look wrong for setosa