Elfcups - Chlorociboria aeruginosa
These were so fresh and such a deep turquoise color! These fungi have a cup-shaped fruiting body with a tiny, central stem. The fruiting body becomes flattened with age. They were really tiny and ranged in size from 1-2 mm wide.
Habitat: Growing on rotting, decorticated wood in a mixed forest.
Three months later:
Chlorciboria aeruginosa is one of just two species recorded in the genus Chlorociboria, the other being Chlorociboria aeruginascens. Both result in green staining of timber. Although C. aeruginosa tends to be a little smaller and very much rarer than C. aeruginascens, the fruitbodies of the two species cannot be confidently differentiated on macroscopic characteristics, but at 5-7 x 1-2µm the spores of Chlorciboria aeruginascens are significantly smaller than those of Chlorciboria aeruginosa (9-14.. more