Sunday, 23 February 2014

A cup for elves

IF you're a small being with magical skills, ambivalent towards humans and capable of either helping or hindering us, then this is what you might use to drink from:

Scarlet elf-cup fungus

Spring is not the time of year when you might expect to see fungi 'fruiting', but in fact there are quite a number of notable species, such as morrels and jelly ears that do appear now.  

This Scarlet elf-cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea), which I found on Saturday, is an attractive species which is easy to identify and looks a little like discarded orange peel, although red...

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