Cap: 1-5 cm across, cup do disc shaped, also irregular, smooth, bright red hymenial -fertile inner surface, fading with age, and a felted outer surface, the outer -infertile surface is paler than the inside, sometimes pinkish, yellow orange, but often with an ocher tinge, otuside covered with curled parapyhsae which are in the form curly or corkscrew shaped, the edges of young cups are often slightly incurved.
Spore print: white
Spore: elliptic, 28,2-36 x 11,3-14,5 μm
Stem: 1-3,5 x 0,3-0,7 cm, often buried in moss or leaf litter, same color as the outer surface of the cup or somewhat paler.
Flesh: thin, whitish, rubbery with a thin red layer lining the cup, without odor and taste.
Habitat: on fallen hardwood twigs and branches, most often those that are partly buried in moss, grows from spring through to the end of winter, but most abundant in the colder months.
Remarks: similar with Sarcoscypha coccinea, which has straightish (uncoiled) hairs on the outer surface of the cup and narrower spores.