Sarcoscypha austriaca

Scientific name:  Sarcoscypha austriaca (Beck ex Sacc.)
Derivation of name:  Austriaca means "from Austria"
where this species also occurs.
Common name(s):  Scarlet cup
Phylum:   Ascomycota
Order:   Pezizales
Family:   Sarcoscyphaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; solitary to
clustered on fallen branches and twigs especially in
damp habitats; early to late spring.   
Dimensions: Shallow cups 2-5 cm wide; cups sessile
or with short, thick stipe    
Sterile outer surface:  Whitish to buff or pinkish-red,
sometimes scurfy.        
Fertile inner surface: Scarlet, smooth, shiny.
Edibility: Non-poisonous
Comments: As reported in Bessette, this species is part
of a species complex which includes S. coccinea and S.
dudleyi. S. coccinea is found in the Pacific Northwest
and has not been reported in the Northeast. S. dudleyi
and S. austriaca, in the Northeast, are separated on
spore characters.

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Figure 1. Typical specimens of scarlet cup.
Photo © William Roody

Figure 2. This is Sarcoscypha dudleyi, differentiated
microscopically from Sarcoscypha austriaca.
Photo © John Plischke III.


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