Scientific name: Sarcoscypha occidentalis (Schwein.)
Derivation of name: Occidental- means "western" which
apparently indicates its wide distribution in the western
Common name(s): Stalked scarlet cup
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; solitary or
clustered on fallen deciduous wood, especially in wet
places; spring through summer.
Dimensions: Cups 0.5-2 cm wide; stalks up to 3.5 cm
long, smooth, whitish or tinged pinkish-red.
Sterile outer surface: Whitish or tinged pinkish-red,
Fertile inner surface: Scarlet; smooth.
Edibility: Of no value
A beautiful and readily recognized fungus.
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Figure 1. Typical stalked specimens of Sarcoscypha
occidentalis. Photo © Pam Kaminski.
Figure 2. Discernible stipe and cup portions on young
specimens. Photo © Gary Emberger.
Figure 3. Note how long the stipe can be relative to the cup.
Photo © Gary Emberger.
Figure 4. Specimens with shorter stipes.
Photo © William Roody.