Sarcoscypha occidentalis
    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 white stalks.
    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.
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