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Stalked Scarlet Cup

Sarcoscypha occidentalis


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.

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maplemoth662 2 years ago

Your welcome, flowntheloop...

flowntheloop 2 years ago

Thank you Sarah and maplemoth! <3

maplemoth662 2 years ago

Beautiful fungi...Beautiful color...

SarahWhitt 2 years ago

WOW!! These are WONDERFUL!! :)

flowntheloop 2 years ago

Thank you both! I almost missed them as I was climbing up the ridge! I'm just glad I looked down! :)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Love it!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Sensational color.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 17, 2017
Submitted on Sep 18, 2017

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