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Group of Fungi: Cup Fungi
Latin Name: Scutellinia scutellata (L.) Lambotte
Common Name: Eyelash Cup
Description: Shallow saucer-shaped structure, 1/4–3/4 in (0.5–2 cm) wide, upper surface reddish orange to orange, lower surface light orange to pale brown, margin with dark brown to black, eyelash-like hairs extending outward; stalk very short or lacking spores white in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of wood.
Habitat: On decaying wood or less commonly on moist soil; often occurring in clusters.
Geographical Distribution: Found throughout North America.
Comments: If the fruiting bodies of Scutellinia scutellata are examined with a hand lens, the hair-like structures that represent the basis of its common name are readily apparent. This fungus is often exceedingly common on large, moist, well decayed logs and stumps.