<< Previous Next >>

Scarlet Elfcup

Scarlet Elfcup
Photo Information
Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 100, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungui of Europe, FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-26 16:39
Viewed: 4937
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What a magical name is "Scarlet Elfcup". I'm not sure what kind of elves use it, but surely there are numerous as many such cups I saw that day.

Sarcoscypha austriaca - Scarlet Elfcup
Family: Sarcoscyphaceae
Order: Pezizales
Class: Pezizomycetes
Subdivision: Pezizomycotina
Division: Ascomycota
Kingdom: Fungi

The fruiting bodies are cup-shaped, and 2–5 centimetres in diameter. The inner surface of the cup is deep red and smooth, with the outer surface whitish covered with tiny hairs.

Among 13 species ascribed to genus Sarcoscypha, there are four very similar occuring in Europe and in North America (Sarcoschypa austriaca, S. coccinea, S. dudleyi, S. jurana ). They differ only by some microscopic details.

In Poland only the first two can be found. S. austriaca is typical for montane and submontane forest, particularly in wet places, close to the water. This species grows in early spring on Alnus incana (grey alder), Salix (willow), Acer (maple) and Robinia; in contrary S. cocinea grows early spring and late fall on other trees: Fagus, Ulmus, Corylus, Salix, Querscus, various Rosaceae. Both species are not edible and under strict protection.

I have found this species in grey alder woods along a mountain stream in the Bieszczady National Park, during a short but very nice photo-trip with my work colleague and friend Krzysiek (cataclysta).

Please look also on picture showing a younger individual of S. austriaca.

cataclysta has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To red45: powrótcedryk 2 04-27 03:01
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-04-27 1:42]
  • [+]

Czesc Michal!

Fajnie znow Cie widziec na TN i to w dodatku z takim ladnym zdjeciem. Nie widzialem nigdy na zywo tego grzyba. Ten tutaj to chyba podstarzaly egzemplarz :-) W kazdym razie bardzo ladnie nasycone kolory i ciekawa perspektywa. Wyglada troche jak zardzewiala antena satelitarna. Z materialu widze, ze Wasza wycieczka byla bardzo owocna.

ps. zgadzam sie co do nazwy - prawdziwie magiczna. a, i liczba mnoga to 'elves', nie 'elfs' ;-)

Czesc Misiu
Ano grzybek fajny. Tak myslalem ze od niego zaczniesz ;-)Fotka w WS nawet bardziej mi sie podoba. Notka tez ciekawa a o tym grzybku to nic nie wiedzialem wczesniej ;-)

Calibration Check