Dumped goblet

Unula goblet (Urnula craterium) Unula goblet (Urnula craterium) Unula goblet (Urnula craterium)

Unula goblet (Urnula craterium)


  • Department: Ascomycota (Ascomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Pezizomycotina (Pesizomycotins)
  • Class: Pezizomycetes (Pecicomycetes)
  • Subclass: Pezizomycetidae
  • Order: Pezizales
  • Family: Sarcosomataceae (Sarcosomaceae)
  • Genus: Urnula (Urnula)
  • Species: Urnula craterium (Urnula goblet)

Dumped goblet

Photo by: Yuri Semenov

Hat: a hat 2-6 cm in diameter. It is shaped like a glass or urn on a short false stem. In youth, the fruit body is closed, in the shape of an egg, but soon it opens up, forming torn edges, which are leveled as the mushroom matures. The inside is dark brown, almost black. Outside, the surface of the urnula is slightly lighter.

Flesh: dry, leathery, very firm. Urnula does not have a pronounced smell.

Spore powder: brown.

Distribution: Goblet urnula is found from late April to mid-May in various forests, but most often on the remains of deciduous trees, in particular those immersed in the soil. As a rule, it grows in large groups.

Similarity: The goblet urnula cannot be confused with any other common type of mushroom, thanks to the large fruit bodies growing in spring.

Edibility: nothing is known about the edibility of the urnula mushroom, but most likely it is not worth eating it.

Urnula goblet appears only in spring and bears fruit for a very short time. Due to the dark color, the mushroom merges with the darkened leaves, and it is rather difficult to detect it. The British nicknamed this mushroom 'the devil's urn'.

Video about the mushroom Urnula goblet:

Note: The Urnula craterium fungus will always receive attention, simply for calendar reasons. It belongs to the marsupial mushrooms of the genus Pecitsy, which are responsible for the decomposition of plant debris and are important components of forest ecosystems. The fruit bodies of these mushrooms are very bright and beautiful. They grow in plant litter or soil. Occasionally in the spring, urnula appears in our forests, it is found on rotten wood covered with earth. The goblet urnula has practically no competitors. Surely black inconspicuous urns will attract mushroom pickers with cameras every spring for many years to come.

Unula goblet (Urnula craterium) Unula goblet (Urnula craterium) Unula goblet (Urnula craterium)

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