Sunday Fungi: Tea with the Elves

Scarlet Elf Cup

Scarlet Elf Cup: 21 February 2019

A magnificent Scarlet Elf Cup … first time seen, so I’m chuffed. A winter/early spring fruiting fungus, though small it’s easily seen. (Bristly bug thrown in for free!)

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18 Responses to Sunday Fungi: Tea with the Elves

  1. I’d like to see one of these!

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I was … amazed. It’s been quite a season for new fungi discoveries. But this late in the season I didn’t expect to find anything other than shriveling brackets. But ,,, Wow! It was worth sinking shoe-deep into mud to get the pic. Though it’s as well I took a second shot. The first one was blurred. I must have been sinking into the mud that formed like a defensive swamp around it.

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  2. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    Wow. Beautiful.

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  3. Violet Lentz says:

    What the heck is a fruiting fungus?

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Most fungi tend to be perenniels. Only we don’t see them cos their main body is like a mat beneath ground or buried into the wood. But in season it ‘fruits’, meaning it puts forth the fungi-looking thing, which, now above ground, produces spores which to the fungus equates to seeds and fruit. Hence its fruiting body.
      Yea, clear as mud you’re gonna say. πŸ™‚

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  4. Brian Bixby says:

    So easy to see . . . and yet if it had been covered over by leaves blown about by the wind? Serendipitous synchronicity: the fungus and the photographer, the cup and the Crispina, the redhead and the redhead.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      My second Bixby-induced laugh, and both on a Sunday. Yea, I hadn’t even registered the redhead angle. And yes, serendiptitous since I only ventured along that slippery, anhk;e-deep in mud path to check out the swan i’d seen there twice before. Last year he/she was an immature. I was hoping he/she might have found a mate. Instead, I was invited to tea by an elf. πŸ™‚

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  5. Dale says:

    Wow! Talk about a “Stop sign”

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  6. da-AL says:

    tx for sharing – I’d never seen one before – lovely!

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I do try to find the unusual for these Sunday Fungi posts; not always possible. Also, while everyone knows the common mushroom colours and shapes, few people nother to look at those that hide beneath their feet. And so here I bring them into easier view. πŸ™‚

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  7. Joy Pixley says:

    Wow, that *is* magnificent! What a striking pop of color! I can see why it has such an otherworldly name. I didn’t even notice the bug until you mentioned it and I went back and looked again.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you, Joy, I didin’t notice the bug either, till I was processing on laptop. Then, whoah, that’s that? I think it’s a caterpillar, I’m sure if is. But very early to be chomping its way through the marsh vegation (this was exceptionally boggy land.)

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