You've heard of elf on the shelf, but have you heard of green elfcup?

We have already 'terned' the page on the beloved nominations of nature phenomena of the year with Latvia's bird of the year 2024. On Thursday, January 4, the Latvian Mycologist Society announced the winner of the category none other than the mushroom of the year 2024!

The coveted title this year goes to the green elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens).

This pretty fungus is useful (presumably to elves) and common in Latvia (presumably, so are elves), but it is noticed and researched rarely, said mycologist Diāna Meiere.

According to the expert, the green-tinted wood left behind after a green elfcup grows on it can be used in woodcraft, and its green pigment xylindein can be used in green (pun unintended) technology and electronics, for example, as a semi-conductor.

The green elfcup grows on rotting wood. The fruit body is only up to 1 centimeter in diameter but they tend to grow in groups and are noticeable by their distinctive color. Fruit bodies are observed from August to November. Green wood tinted by the fungi can be found all year round.



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