Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Chromocyphellaceae

Chromocyphella muscicola (Fr.) Donk

One of the few cup fungi that belong to the basidiomycetes (a group that drop their spores rather than ejecting them). Note they face downwards unlike cup fungi in the ascomycetes. They grow on living trees in association with bryophytes and are no more than 1.5 mm across. Infrequently recorded but so easy to overlook