Jo's picture

Unknown Fungus

Observed: 18th March 2010 By: Jo

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Claire Young's picture

I think it is a scarlet elf

I think it is a scarlet elf cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) but I'm not sure if there are any similar species.

Kluut's picture

Elf cup?

I think the slugs may not have helped ID here - they look to have grazed the outside of the cup.
S. coccinea has a more downy, pinkish outside of the cup compared to A. aurantia.
S. coccinea is later to appear, so on that, it may be a more likely ID given that it was seen in March???????

Jo's picture

It was seen in March??????

It was seen in March?????? and I think the hard frost may have something to do with it. I have no reason to lie about when I seen it. If you enter Scarlet elf-cup on google an article about The Mole vally and an identical photo of the Scarlet elf-cup.
It also states that it grows early in the year.

Kluut's picture

The question was whether the

The question was whether the date influenced likely ID.

anonymous spotter's picture

Elf cup?

The colour is much more like scarlet elf cup/cap.

Rob Coleman's picture

As the contributors above

As the contributors above suggest - I think this is likely to be one elfcap species. Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) and Sarcoscypha coccinea have only recently been split into two species (the former being more common). I think they would be impossible to distinguish from a picture. Some older books will refer to Scarlet Elfcup as S. coccinea. Both grow on mossy logs - another clue in the pic; Orange Peel fungus grows on the ground.

Rob Coleman

Jo's picture

Re Elfcup

There were a lot of them growing on rotting logs on the ground, and the colour was vivid, so I would go with Elf-cup