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Bright red cup fungi growing on a small branch under thick mulch in a dense hardwood forest. Texture is rubbery while underside is smooth with a white stalk. Sarcosypha occidentalis is an important saprobic fungus in forest ecosystems--as it helps to break down complex molecules like cellulose and lignin found in wood in leaves so it may be used by microbes.
Growing on a small branch in rich, thick mulch on a ridge in a (mostly shaded) dense hardwood forest.
Spotted on Sep 17, 2017
Submitted on Sep 18, 2017
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