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When: 2009-01-04

Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

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Recognized by sight: as far as I know the true S.coccinea isn’t fruiting in North America but I may err.I personally just found S.occidentalis in eastern U.S.

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Ah, spore size’ll do it.
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-02-25 20:32:39 NZDT (+1300)

It looks like spore size will do it. If ave. spore length 20um or less – S. occidentalis, spore length greater than 25um (ave. apr. 32um) – S. coccinea.

Sarcoscypha coccinea s.s. does occur in California…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-02-25 13:16:01 NZDT (+1300)

I read a paper recently on that very subject. Will provide a link if I find it. In essence, S. coccinea is what we have on the West Coast, while S. austriaca and others in the East.

Sarcoscypha page
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-02-25 12:53:23 NZDT (+1300)
How would I tell the difference?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-02-25 10:17:31 NZDT (+1300)

How would I tell the difference?

that’s a beautifully composed shot.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-24 16:40:45 NZDT (+1300)