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Green Elfcup - Chlorociboria aeruginascens Greenish-blue cup fungi with off-centered stems. They were about 5 mm wide.<br />
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This species contains a quinone pigment called xylindein, which is the reason for the characteristic bluish-green stain that occurs on wood that&#039;s infected by this species.<br />
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Habitat: Rotting wood; mixed forest Chlorociboria,Chlorociboria aeruginascens,Geotagged,Green elfcup,Summer,United States,elfcup,fungus Click/tap to enlarge

Green Elfcup - Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Greenish-blue cup fungi with off-centered stems. They were about 5 mm wide.

This species contains a quinone pigment called xylindein, which is the reason for the characteristic bluish-green stain that occurs on wood that's infected by this species.

Habitat: Rotting wood; mixed forest

    comments (5)

  1. Always a pretty color! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Yes!! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Amazing contrast with the neutral gray! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks...I didn’t use a flash, but instead had my headlamp positioned to the left of the mushrooms. So, it only lit up that area, making it look gray. I liked the effect. Posted 2 months ago
      1. Clever! Posted 2 months ago

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''Chlorociboria aeruginascens'' is a saprobic species of mushroom, commonly known as the green elfcup or the green wood cup because of its characteristic small, green, saucer-shaped fruit bodies. Although the actual fruit bodies are infrequently seen, the green staining of wood caused by the fungus is more prevalent.

Similar species: Helotiales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Sep 7, 2020. Captured Sep 7, 2020 08:32 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/166s
  • ISO640
  • 100mm