Scarlet Cup

This fungus has shown up at the upper part of our woods trail. It is known as a Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca). It seemed to be coming out of a hardwood twig partially buried in wet soil near a seep. The fungus was a loner, but quite bright. Have not seen any other fruiting fungi yet this year.

 Scarlet Cup

The book “Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians”by W. C. Roody says it is non-poisonous. I think I will continue to just enjoy looking at it.

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