Common Eyelash - Scutellinia scutellata

Alternative names
Eyelash Cup

The fruiting body of S. scutellata is a shallow disc shape, and is typically between 0.2 cm and1 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 is bright orange-red, while the outer surface is pale brown. The outer surface is covered in dark coloured, stiff hairs, measuring up to 1 cm in length.  There are other very similar but  less common members of this family and detailed examination of specimens is necessary.

Identification difficulty

Found on wet, rotted wood, or on damp soil nearby.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Grows gregariously or in clusters.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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