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Newsflash: a very rare shade of Scarlet

Microscopy for beginners

No, these are not Orange Peel fungus Aleuria aurantia (which grows on compacted soil), but the very rare yellow-orange form of Scarlet Elfcup, Sarcoscypha austriaca var. lutea, which grows on rotting wet hardwood twigs, in this instance Hazel. On our web page there is also a picture of the rare white form of Sarcoscypha austriaca... Picture left: Iris Millar and Donna Rainey.


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Asci of the Eyelash Fungus, Scutellaria scutellata

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Clitocybe odora, a beautiful blue aniseed-scented mushroom

Blue is not a colour normally associated with mushrooms, but there are a few striking blue species. Pictured here is one that makes itself obvious in another way too: the Aniseed Funnel Clitocybe odora can be found by 'following your nose'! See our Sortable Fungi Index for pictures and identification details for more than 770 fascinating fungi species.


Common Blue butterflyAmanita muscaria - Fly AgaricEpipactis atrorubens - Dark-red Helleborine

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