Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha austriaca

Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha austriaca

This distinctive fungi looks like something straight out of Lord of the Rings (or your other chosen fantasy film). You have probably seen this small fungus adding some colour to the otherwise often dull winter palette as it pushes it’s way through moss and leaf litter in order to blow it’s spores across the woodland. Don’t be put off by the red colour warning, as it is in fact considered edible. Continue reading

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Marsh Samphire Salicornia europaea

Marsh Samphire Salicornia europaea

Marsh Samphire (Salicornia europaea) has little to do with the similarly-named Rock Samphire other than their location and a vaguely similar taste. Marsh Samphire, AKA Glasswort, is found in estuary mud and the intertidal edges of creeks and some muddy harbours. Continue reading

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