Microstoma floccosa

Scientific name:  Microstoma floccosa (Schweinitz) Raitvir
Derivation of name:  Flocc- means "wooly."
Synonyms:   Sarcoscypha floccosa; Anthopeziza floccosa
Common name(s): Shaggy scarlet cup 
Phylum:   Ascomycota
Order:   Pezizales
Family:   Sarcoscyphaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:  Saprobic; clustered on
decaying hardwood branches and buried wood; June
through August.  
Dimensions:  Stalked cups up to 4.5 cm tall; cup up to
1 cm wide. 
Sterile outer surface:  Pink to red; covered by
conspicuous white hairs.        
Fertile inner surface:  Bright red; smooth.
Edibility: Unknown  
Comments: The rim of the cup bears a distinct fringe of
white hairs.

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Figure 1. Very young specimens of Microstoma floccosa
on a fallen branch. Photo © Gary Emberger.


Figure 2. The distinct fringe of white hairs on the cup rims
is an unmistakable field trait. Photo © David Work.


Figure 3. The stalks on this trio of shaggy scarlet cups are
exceptionally long. Photo © John Dawson.


Figure 4. A tight cluster of Microstoma floccosa arising
from the wood substrate. Photo © William Roody


Figure 5. Can you think of a prettier fungus?
Photo © Pam Kaminski.

 

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