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Dasyscyphella nivea

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Dasyscyphella nivea

On rotten oak. 23 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonymns

Lachnum niveum

Fruiting Body

Cup shaped, then flattened, inner surface smooth, whitish to cream, underside hairy, white, attached to the substrate by a distinct stem, to about 2 mm across

Flesh

Thin, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On dead wood from oak and, more rarely, beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Ascospores spindle shaped, smooth (6-9) x 2 µm2. Paraphyses narrow, cylindrical, septate. Asci eight spored. Hairs cylindrical, tips often expanded, septate, encrusted apart from the tips.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Easily confused with other species in the Dasyscyphella and Lachnum genera

Additional Photographs

Dasyscyphella nivea

Spores in Lactophenol Cotton Blue viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 23 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Dasyscyphella nivea

Asci and paraphyses in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 23 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Dasyscyphella nivea

Hairs on the outside of the cup in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 23 November 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin