One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fungus of decaying wood, producing small groups of shallow short-stemmed cups with a scarlet interior, found in both Eurasia and North America.
Sarcoscypha coccinea, family Sarcosomataceae, subdivision Ascomycotina
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