Purple Jellydisc

Ascocoryne sarcoides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides (Jacq.) J.W. Groves & D.E. Wilson syn. Coryne sarcoides (Jacq.) Tul. & C. Tul. (illustrated life size) Fruit body 0.1–1.5cm across, inverted cone-shaped with flattened disc or concave tending to cup-shaped, margin often irregularly lobed, sessile or on a short stalk; reddish-purple. Flesh gelatinous. Spores 10–19×3–5¼, ellipsoid, containing 2 oil drops. Asci 160×10¼. Habitat gregarious on dead wood, especially beech; late summer to early winter. Common. Not edible.