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Sarcoscypha occidentalis           Stalked Scarlet Cap

Image copyright George Barron from MycoAlbum CD

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The striking, vermilion-red cups are saucer-shaped to trumpet-shaped and borne atop white stalks up to 3 cm tall.    It fruits in spring and early summer from sticks or small branches.   Its big cousin, Sarcoscypha austriaca, has a similar habitat   but fruits early in spring (April) and is one of the first fungi you find in Eastern Canada.