This bright red cup fungus is very common in the
deciduous forests of Kansas during late spring and early summer.
It is found throughout the woods, but can frequently be seen along the
edge of paths. While it may look like it is growing right on the
ground, fruiting bodies are attached to buried twigs, frequently by long
Sarcoscypha coccinea is similar
but it fruits during March or April. It has larger cups, a white
exterior and shorter stalks. The fruiting seasons do not overlap.
The bright colors make either mushroom a delight to find.