Elfcups - Chlorociboria aeruginosa
Blue-green fungi that have a cup-shaped fruiting body with a tiny, central stem. The fruiting body becomes flattened with age. They ranged in size from 1-3 mm wide. The cups on most of these were whitish - maybe related to age or moisture?
Habitat: Rotting wood in a mixed forest
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