Stalked Scarlet Cup

(Sarcoscypha occidentalis)

Conservation Status
Stalked Scarlet Cup
  IUCN Red List

not listed


not listed


not listed


Stalked Scarlet Cup is a small, brightly colored but easily overlooked sac fungus. It is found singly or in clusters on fallen twigs of hardwoods on the forest floor, often burried under leaf litter. It sometimes appears to be growing out of the ground, but further inspection will uncover a buried twig.

The cap is cup-shaped or saucer-shaped and rarely more than ¾ in diameter. The inner (upper) surface of the cup is bright red and smooth. The outer surface is whitish and smooth. When young, the cup is curled unwards and has wavy, scalloped edges. On older specimens as the flesh dries the edges split and the color fades to yellow or orange.

The cap may be attached directly to the food source or with a stalk. When present, the stalk is white or whitish (more or less the color of the cap undersurface), to 13 16 long, and 1 32 to 1 16 thick.

The texture is fleshy or rubbery, becoming leathery as it dries.


Similar Species


Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) is much larger, ¾ to 2 in diameter, and does not have a stalk. It fruits early in the spring.

Habitat and Hosts

Damp hardwood forests

twigs, branches, and leaf litter.




Late spring to early autumn


Distribution Map



4, 7, 26, 29, 30, 77.





  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Ascomycota (sac fungi)  
  Subphylum Pezizomycotina  
  Class Pezizomycetes  
  Subclass Pezizomycetidae  




Sarcoscyphaceae (efl cups and allies)  


Sarcoscypha (elf cups)  





Common Names


Stalked Scarlet Cup

Western Scarlet Cup








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  Stalked Scarlet Cup Fungus Sarcoscypha occidentalis
Walt Reven Jr

Jul 14, 2020

Stalked Scarlet Cup Fungus Sarcoscypha occidentalis, a beautiful but yet extremely tiny fungus mushroom I find here in the ozarks often burried under leaves or on dead wood. The caps are funnel shaped and red while the stalk on this version is white. An enjoyable mushroom hunting adventure 2020

Please note, safety first everyone! My videos are only for showing and displaying the various mushrooms I find in my woods in the ozarks of arkansas. They are for illustrative purposes only, make sure you do your research before consuming any wild edible!

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