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Scutellinia scutellata - detail

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 February 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Scutellinia scutellata (NL: Gewone wimperzwam / EN: Eyelash cup, Molly eye-winker, Scarlet elf cap, Eyelash fungus, Eyelash pixie cup / DE: Gewöhnliche Schildborstling, Holz-Schildborstling / FR: Pézize en bouclier) is a small saprophytic fungus in the Pyronemataceae family. The fruiting body of S. scutellata is a shallow disc shape, typically between 0.2 to 1 cm in diameter. The youngest specimens are almost entirely spherical; the cups open up and expand to a disc during maturity. The inner surface of the cup (the fertile spore-bearing surface, known as the hymenium) is bright orange-red, while the outer surface (the sterile surface) is pale brown. The flesh is red and thin. The outer surface is covered in dark coloured, stiff hairs, measuring up to 1 cm in length. At the base, these hairs are up to 40 µm thick, and they taper towards the pointed apices. The hairs form distinctive "eyelashes" on the margin of the cup that are visible to the naked eye or easily visible through a magnifying glass. S. scutellata is sessile - it does not have a stalk.

note: image made with 150mm 1:1 + 2xTC - Actual image size about 11mm x 7mm

Image: Schilde (BE) – 04/12/2012

Canon EOS 7D 13/10 second F/18.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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marceline from tournai, Belgium

comme les cils d'une paupière !

5 Feb 2013 7:28am

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Great lighting, golden colors, textures

5 Feb 2013 8:39am

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors & detail!

5 Feb 2013 9:19pm

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Wonderful macro abstract.

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Canon EOS 7D
13/10 second
ISO 200
300 mm