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Little white fairy cups

Observed: 17th October 2009 By: cooperjcooperj’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

a small cup fungusm, an ascomycete, on dead branches of brambles (Rubus fruticosus).


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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annotation for image

the scale at the bottom left has 1mm bars.

Jerry C

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Is 'little white fairy cups'

Is 'little white fairy cups' the NZ name as opposed to 'snowy disco' which appears to be the uk name?

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Beautiful photograph! What

Beautiful photograph! What camera and lens are you using?

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two replies

Mike - the name 'little white fairy cups' was my cynical swipe at silly common names. I made it up on the spur of the moment. It comes as no surprise at all to find it actually does have a similar 'real' silly name in the UK.

Jenny - I use either an Olympus SZX7 dissecting scope with a ring fibre-light (which this picture is), or a Nikon D80 with the AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm on a copy stand. In either case I am usually using multi-image focal depth reconstruction, either using Mike Hadley's CombineZ software (Google it) or the macro in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Don't bother with Automontage which is both expensive and bad.

Jerry C