Rutstroemia firma, formerly named Poculum firmum, is 0.5 to 1.5 cm across. The fruitbody is cup shaped, expanding to a flattened and wavy shape, attached by a short stalk 2 to 3 mm long. The inner surface is ochraceous brown, the outer surface is similarly coloured and becomes wrinkled with age.
Growing in felled coniferous woodland, some trees were still growing. I didn't take note of nearby trees. Fruitbodies were up to 12cm across. Taste was sour at first. I also wondered about Tapinella panuoides - Oyster Rollrim but I think the stem is too long and someone pointed out it is too large to be Oyster Rollrim that usually only grows to 8cm
The Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus has one of the most striking reproductive system. Its single, creamy white flower with 5 conspicuously veined petals. Individual flowers are pollinated with pollen from other plants (cross-fertilization). To help accomplish this, it has decorative yet infertile ciliated "stamens" (staminodes, see them in yellow) for attracting pollinators, attached at the base of each petal. First, the five fertile (male) stamens are bent one over the other above the immature (female) stigma, as seen here. When the flower opens, the pollinators land on the bent stamens in their attempt to reach the nectar located at the base of the staminodes. As the top stamen releases its pollen onto the insect, its anther (the pollen-bearing part of the stamen) bends open and falls off. The stamen next to the ripe one will do then the same, followed by the other three. The insect then deposits pollen on the mature stigma of another, older flower.
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