Is this fungi?

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Is this fungi?

Post by EmmaJane » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:01 am

Can anyone identify what looks like fungus? Suddenly appearing & spreading quickly in groups throughout my rasied bed with onions. I'm worried it may be harmful with my youngest son diagnosed with autism would be very attracted when he spots them, touching & counting how many we have in garden. Thank you x

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Re: Is this fungi?

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:16 pm

Hi, and welcome to UK Fungi.

Yes, fungi - and from the photo, it looks as though these are one of the Tarzetta species of "cup fungi".

More than likely being Tarzetta catinus, possibly Tarzetta cupularis, but microscopy would be required to be certain of the species.

They are inedible, but as far as I'm aware they are not poisonous.

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Post by adampembs » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:37 pm

EmmaJane wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:01 am
touching & counting how many we have in garden. Thank you x
It doesn't hurt to touch fungi. The only danger is through eating and possibly inhalation of spores. It's a good idea to wash hands afterwards. They make the place more interesting for your son, I'm sure!
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Re: Is this fungi?

Post by mollisia » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:53 am


I think that are rather Peziza species, e.g. P. vesiculosa or P. granulosa.
Tarzetta usually do not grow that clustered and are thinner and more regular in shape.

But all these fungi are not poisonous, so for the purpose of the original posting it is of no meaning which one it is in the end ....

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