Bisporella citrina

Scientific nameBisporella citrina (Batsch) Korf &
S. E. Carp. 
Derivation of nameCitrin- means "lemon-yellow."  
Synonyms:  Helotium citrinum; Calycella citrina
Common name(s):  Yellow fairy cups
Phylum:   Ascomycota
Order:   Helotiales
Family:   Helotiaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in clusters on
decaying wood; summer through fall.  
Dimensions: Cups are 1-3 mm wide; stalkless or with
thick, stalk-like base.            
Sterile outer surface:  Bright lemon-yellow to golden-
yellow; smooth.
Fertile inner surface: Same coloration as sterile surface;
smooth.
Edibility: Unknown
Comments: Although individually tiny, these fungi often
occur in such large numbers that they become quite
conspicuous.

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Figure 1. The bright yellow fruit bodies of Bisporella citrina
are very common on decaying wood. Photo © Gary
Emberger.


Figure 2. The color of the fruit bodies ranges from
bright lemon-yellow to golden-yellow.
Photo © Larry Grand.


Figure 3. Bisporella citrina may have a rudimentary
stalk, as shown here, or it may be stalkless.
Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 4. Yellow fairy cups typically occurs in groups or
dense clusters. Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 5. The fertile inner (upper) surface and outer surfaces
are the same color. Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 6. Another small cup fungus, Chlorosplenium chlora,
has a bright yellow outer surface but the fertile surface
becomes greenish at maturity. Bisporella citrina is on the
right and Chlorosplenium chlora is on the left.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

 

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