The fruit bodies are bright red, when fresh, almost translucent, smooth, spherical and with central ostioles for release of spores. As they age, they become a dull orange brown colour. They grow to about 0.2 mm across.
Their hosts are decaying pyrenomycete fungi such as Diatrype stigma, Hypoxylon fragiforme and Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma, on the surface of dead wood from deciduous trees. They grow individually or in groups, which can sometimes have over 100 fruit bodies.
Usually to be found from autumn to spring.All year round.
Widespread in Britain but not particularly common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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