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Bristly Tropical Cup Mushroom

Cookeina tricholoma


Small inverted orange cup with "eyelashes" fringing the rim of the cup.


On Baratang island enroute the only mud volcano in India, there are rickety bamboo guard rails that you touch at your own risk and lean on to certain peril. The trail about 200m long was muddy, rocky and wet because of the lashings of rain thanks to Cyclone Hudhud; I spotted this ONLY because I was paying attention to my feet. This was growing on a horizontal bamboo guard rail close to the ground but not touching it.


I first saw these on PN; am so delighted to have one of my own.

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Bristly Tropical Cup
Cookeina tricholoma Cookeina - Wikipedia

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28 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thank you, Mark...I have updated. Yes, the location was really special too. The trip's highlights included being stuck on Havelock island...thanks to Cyclone Hudhud (named after the Hoopoe bird ) and needing to be evacuated by special vessels that transported all tourists back to Port Blair.
A hugely belated THANK YOU to NigelHywel-Jones

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

So impressed with the location too !! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Hi Sukanya - I agree with NigelHywel-Jones. It's native here too.

NigelHywel-Jones 9 years ago

A nice picture but this is not a Scutellinia. It is Cookeina tricholoma which is a common tropical species here in Asia.

ambergordons221 9 years ago

Nice colour

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Mmmm, we wouldn't mind these ourselves, would we?? :) Thanks Hema Shah.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Congrats Sukanya!! What lovely lashes!

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Antonio and Ashley Thanks. It is really fantastic what fellow spotters post on PN...looking at and learning is fun...and then, to actually spot one !!

Awesome capture Sukanya,beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

AshleyT 9 years ago

Awesome mushroom, Sukanya! Awesome that you first saw it on here then were able to find it for yourself :)

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Leuba, this was just chance that I was looking down as I walked so as not to slip! The trail was so narrow that stopping meant blocking the I just took 2-3 shots with an aim and shoot...was very, very lucky that the macro came on automatically. Thanks a lot. Your encouragement means a lot.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks, Marta. And a huge fan of your spottings.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Congratulations! I such a cute fungus! :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Sukanya, Congratulations ! I would be so delighted too if I found something like yours. My photos are shocking compared to yours !! Well done - lovely lashes..

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks, Daniele.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks VivBraznell. The first thing I did was to ring up and thank my brother!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD Sukanya ...

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congratulations Sukanya! Great find.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks, Mark Ridgway.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Sukanya. Very nice shots.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks so happy.

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago


SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Thanks Yasser! I cannot tell you what this means to me. I have learnt so much from PN and continue to... everyday. Thanks again.

Yasser 9 years ago

Sukanya, congratulations! This fascinating fungi has been chosen as Spotting of the Day! What a wonderful and interesting little mushroom. Thanks for sharing this great one and so many others. We look forward to seeing more of the nature you explore and I'm sure we'll be seeing more Spottings of the Day from you as well. Congrats again!

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Very nice find.

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Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 14, 2014

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