Thursday, 22 December 2016

Shaggy Scarlet Cup

Image: Kathie Hodge
Microstoma floccosum
Did you know Santa Claus had his own range of bespoke cups?

I sure didn't.

Image: Patrick Harvey
Line 'em up, drink 'em down
They don't have 'Best Father Christmas in the World' written on the side, or even 'Only Father Christmas in the World'. No. They have fur, instead!

That's... inconvenient. It looks nice, though. And Christmas is nothing if not the season for inconvenient things that look nice.

Image: Dan Molter
Santa's little mulled wineglass is the Shaggy Scarlet Cup, a mushroom found in parts of North America and Asia. They grow on rotting logs and sticks on the forest floor.

If you'd like to give Santa a nice surprise and leave the milk in his favourite tumbler alongside the cookies, you may be interested to know that they particularly enjoy half-buried branches of oak.

Image: Dan Molter
The cup reaches less than 1 cm (0.4 in) across and rests on top of a stalk about 1 to 5 cm (0.4 to 2 inches) tall.

Perfect for your favourite, Christmas tipple!

8 comments:

elfinelvin said...

Wow! Those furry cups would be great for keeping your cocoa warm. You may be on to something here. Happy Christmas!

Unknown said...

Thermal wear for cups, of course!
Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Those fur lined rims would be perfect for sopping up that stubborn drop that insists on running down the outside of a cup after taking a sip. Santa's elves can be so smart!

Unknown said...

Ha! This design has SO much going for it!

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