Get Back to School with Redbubble – Shop Here! or Win Stuff Here!

Shaggy Scarlet Cup Mushrooms -  Microstoma floccosa by MotherNature

Currently unavailable for purchase

Available to buy on…

Shaggy Scarlet Cup Mushrooms - Microstoma floccosa by 

These mushrooms are quite small and seem to enjoy hiding in the leaf litter. If it wasn’t for their bright red color I probably would have missed them. The term cup mushroom is a general one describing their chalice or cup shape.

A knowledgeable friend (Thanks, Carla!!!) ID’d this for me. Here is a website:

This photo was taken June 17, 2011, in Green Lane, PA, USA, in a hardwood forest.


mushroom, red, hairy, shaggy, cup, scarlet, microstoma floccosa, woods, forest, fungus, fungi, nature, mothernature

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

View Full Profile


  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    You’ve got the right idea…Try Shaggy Scarlet Cup, Microstoma floccosa
    I’ve only found 3 at one time…and that’s been the ONLY time. Lucky you!

  • Thank you! You are (as always) correct so I’ve removed the image from the ID Me group:>). Here they like to have company where they grow and I see them in two’s or three’s more than singly. Four is uncommon. I do feel very lucky:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • olbetsy
    olbetsyover 2 years ago

    I love this shot. I thought the hairs were frost, learn something new everyday.

  • They are cute, aren’t they! Thank you for the nice comment:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful image has been featured and you might like to consider entering it into the March Features challenge Kind regards from Esther

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    These are so cool, I love the stairsteps they are growing in too! Great capture, congrats!

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful image and fungi was Voted into the Top10 of the Cup Fungi Challenge Great work! And thanks for participating. Kind regards from Esther

  • Thank you so much, Esther!

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    wow! never saw that in my life. I love to surf in your mushrooms gallery. great find ;)

  • Thank you:>) I adore fungi – why? I can’t say except they are under-rated as beautiful denizens of our world. These are cute, aren’t they:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 1 year ago

    Lovely macro and subjects!

  • Thank you:>)

    – MotherNature

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 1 year ago

    Thank you so very much for the FAVE, Helena – it’s wonderful when someone likes an image:>)

  • patcheah
    patcheah12 months ago

    WOW! Beautiful and interesting mushroom! Fabulous image!

  • Many thanks for the fave and the fantastic comment! I do love mushrooms:>)

    – MotherNature

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait