Crown sarcosphere

Coronal sarcosphere (Sarcosphaera coronaria)


  • Department: Ascomycota (Ascomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Pezizomycotina (Pesizomycotins)
  • Class: Pezizomycetes (Pecicomycetes)
  • Subclass: Pezizomycetidae (Pecicomycetes)
  • Order: Pezizales
  • Family: Pezizaceae
  • Genus: Sarcosphaera (Sarcosphere)
  • Species: Sarcosphaera coronaria
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Crown sarcosphere


  • The sarcosphere is crown;
  • Pink crown;
  • Purple bowl;
  • Sarcosphaera coronaria;
  • Peziza coronaria;
  • Sarcosphaera eximia.

Coronal sarcosphere (Sarcosphaera coronaria)

The Crown Sarcosphere (Sarcosphaera coronaria) is a mushroom of the Petsicev family, belonging to the genus of monotypic Sarcospheres.

External description

The diameter of the fruiting bodies of the coronal sarkosphere does not exceed 15 cm. Initially, they are closed, have thick walls and a spherical shape and a whitish color. A little later, they more and more protrude above the soil surface and protrude in the form of several triangular blades.

The fungus hymen is initially characterized by a purple color, gradually darkens more and more. On the 3-4th day after the opening of the fruit bodies, the mushroom in its appearance becomes very similar to a white flower with a very sticky surface. Because of this, the soil constantly adheres to the mushroom. The inner part of the fruiting body is wrinkled and has a purple color. From the outside, the mushroom is characterized by a smooth and white surface.

Fungal spores are ellipsoidal, contain several drops of oil, are characterized by a smooth surface and dimensions of 15-208-9 microns. They have no color, in their totality they represent a white powder.

Season and habitat of the fungus

Crown sarcosphere grows mainly on calcareous soils in the middle of forests, as well as in mountainous areas. The first fruiting bodies begin to appear in late spring, early summer (May-June). They grow well under a layer of fertile humus, and the first appearance of individual specimens falls on the time when the snow has just melted.

Coronal sarcosphere (Sarcosphaera coronaria)


There is no exact information about the edibility of the crown sarcosphere. Some mycologists classify this species as poisonous, while others call the crown sarcosphere a pleasant and completely edible specimen of mushrooms. In the English printed sources on mycology, it is said that the corona sarcosphere mushroom should not be eaten, since there is much evidence that this type of mushroom causes severe abdominal pain, sometimes even fatal. In addition, the fruiting bodies of the crown sarcosphere are capable of accumulating toxic components, in particular arsenic, from the soil.

Similar types and differences from them

The appearance of the coronal sarcosphere does not allow this species to be confused with any other mushroom. Already by the name it can be understood that the mature species has the shape of a crown, crown. This appearance makes the sarcosphere unlike other species.

Photo of the Sarkosphere corona mushroom from the questions in recognition:

Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere 2018.03.30 Julia Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere Sarcosphaera coronaria - Crown Sarcosphere 2017.04.08 Tatiana N

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