Observation 31010: Sarcoscypha (Fr.) Boud.

When: 2009-12-28

Collection location: New River Gorge National River, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Eddee (eddeeee)

Specimen available

I don’t like to call things fungi sp. but this has got me stumped it appears to be associated with Sarcoseypha growing from the base of it . This mushroom is very small. It appears to be a fungus on a fungus. I’m wondering if it is not parasitic, the stem is some what ridged and tough. The Sarcoseypha seems to be deteriorating from it. I tried to take the whole thing but the Sarcoseypha crumbled. I managed to save both but the two had separated by the time i got to leval ground. Both were coming from well decomposing twigs that have accumulated on top of each other on the side of the cliff. The location of this was on a north sloping cliff about 600 feet up where the snow did not accumulate very much because it is a slight overhang and because of the angle. any Ideas ? I placed the little guy across a quarter so you can see the size. If any on has any Ideas as to what this is ?

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mixed collection
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-18 02:17:09 CDT (-0400)
Bright color
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-12-30 05:17:57 CST (-0500)

was a reference to the tiny pinkish fungus next to the Sarcocypha. For a tiny mushrooms, still pretty brightly colored IMO.

The Red is
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-29 20:42:18 CST (-0500)

a Sarcoscypha its the little guy attached to it both where coming from wood.

Thanks for the cliff notes, Eddee.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-12-29 14:01:16 CST (-0500)

Too small and probably freeze-affected to make much out. Stipe, cap, gills prove Agaricaceae. Bright color may (or may not) have been weather-affected. Hygrocybe?

By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-28 11:52:53 CST (-0500)

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