Came across this beauty at the weekend heading west from the Trailhead in among the leaf litter on the left side of the track.I refer you to the article in Wikipedia for additional information.Look for it under the above or Sarcoscypha coccinea/austriaca.
Classed as a mushroom and said to be edible.A beauty to behold this time of year and worth keeping an eye out for.
Haven't yet found the name in Irish to describe same but am beavering away through various sources until I find it!
Puts me in mind of An Caipin Dearg/Little Red Cap/Cladonia macilenta and sometimes called Matchstick lichen,found among the heather on Long Hill behind the Cross above Clonmel - a heart warming sight of a winter's evening!
Can anyone enlighten me as to whether this plant is an indicator of ancient woodland?
An feidir liom ' Cupan na Sioga' a bhronnadh ar an bplanda seo idir an da linn?Can I get away with calling the Elfcup,'the fairies cup' for the present?
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