Friday, 6 February 2015

Callyptella capula ---- dainty tiny goblets.


These attractive tiny bell-shaped fungi with a short stem are not one of the 'cup-fungi', ascomycetes, but related to the gilled fungi, the 'Agarics', like our ordinary mushroom!

These were spotted on January 6th growing on old nettle stems, the most common host.  It can also be found with a wide range of dead herbaceous stems.
The books say it is found from spring to autumn so these, in early January, had got their timing wrong.

There are a number of tiny cup-shaped fungi like this which are 'mushrooms' (agarics) so many get caught out attempting to name them by looking in the wrong books.

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