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The Genus Sarcoscypha
[ Ascomycetes > Discomycetes > Pezizales > Sarcoscyphaceae . . . ]
by Michael Kuo
These bright red cup fungi are fairly common in many areas of North America. One species, Sarcoscypha occidentalis, is easily separated from the others on the basis of its size and its stem. Three other North American species, often treated broadly as "Sarcoscypha coccinea" in field guides, are more difficult to separate, and may require microscopic analysis for identification. All four are keyed out below.
Key to 4 Species of Sarcoscypha in North America
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Kuo, M. (2012, April). The genus Sarcoscypha. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/sarcoscypha.html