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Cedar Cup Fungus

We tend to think of fungus as an autumnal sight, but the fruit body of this rare variety bursts out of the ground in the spring. As the name suggests, it is usually found below cedar trees, though occasionally below yew. The one in the photo was spotted in an Otley churchyard. Spherical below the surface, the fungus forms a brittle cup above, becoming more crown-like as it matures and the rays separate. Blow on the creamy inside surface and you may see almost smoke-like spores escaping.

By Neil Griffin Photo by Jane Smith


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