Eyelash Cup {Scutellinia scutellata}; bright red semi-translucent caps w/ distinct long, dark hairs (“eyelashes”) lining the rim atop very thin yellowish stipe

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Location Summary

Range:  North America & Europe

Frequency:  common

Time-of-Year:  late spring to late autumn

Substrate:  on rotten wood and damp soil, ashes, wet leaves or bracket fungi

Identification Characteristics

Human Uses

    While some list S. scutellata as inedible, others list it as having an unknown edibility.  David Arora considers it too small to be of any culinary interest, & it lacks a distinctive smell or taste.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:  Fungi

Division:  Ascomycota

Order:  Pezizales

Family:  Pyronemataceae

Genus:  Scutellinia

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Top photo by Distance Everheart w/ special thanks to the 2012 U.C. Berkeley Fungus Fair!

Close-up photo from:  http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/pictures/showphoto.php/photo/103180/size/big

Bibliography:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutellinia_scutellata

Database Entry:  Distance Everheart 1-14-14 10-20-14

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