Monday, April 10, 2017

Scarlet Cup

Scarlet Cups are called “harbingers of spring” (Smith). These mushrooms fruit from early April through May. I discovered these in the leaf litter below my banding net on 9 April. Amazingly, I found this species at the same location and on the same date in 2011. Scarlet cups are found in North American hardwoods.

Smith does not recommend eating Scarlet Cups, although this fungus is consumed by rodents in the winter and slugs in the summer The Iroquois used this mushroom as an antibiotic to treat the belly buttons of newborn babies. These cups are also occasionally used for table decorations (Wikipedia). 

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