Small (2-4 cm) cups spread over a 5m area of woodland (on top of an old dump/quarry). Is this a rare species?
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They are quite common on mossy logs but there are two very similar species, best enter a revised ID of just Sarcoscypha.
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Cheers Chris, I guess they are not that rare after all.
S.coccinea the other possible species has become distinctly uncommon over the last 30years while S.austriaca has increased dramatically.
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don't you believe it I have searches for years and have only found it a couple of times
I find them in HUGE numbers early spring time in our Ash/hazel/sycamore(might be maple). upland Chalk Woods Certainly the most common species at that time of year but never found them in the mixed Birch Conifer woods I prefer(sandy/gravel acid soil).
Could be a good sign as I have never found a single Bolete in the woods where I find Elfcups.
Lat/Lng: 52.6357, -2.9027
OS grid ref: SJ390045
Adjacent to the central (disused) quarry in an old dump.