Sarcoscypha occidentalis

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
Phylum:   Ascomycota
Order:   Pezizales
Family:   Sarcoscyphaceae
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
Comments: A beautiful and readily recognized fungus.

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Figure 1. Typical stalked specimens of Sarcoscypha
. 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.


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