A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 2 February 2013

Scarlet Elf Cup

This bright red fungus is unmissable on dead wood from late winter to early spring as the brilliant colour contrasts with everything else on the woodland floor.
It is easy to see where the name comes from as it looks like a cup an elf could have discarded.
We have two reference books,one says it is poisonous and the other says edible but it doesn't look very appetising so we will not be trying it!

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