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Bird's Nest Fungi

Nidula niveotomentosa

Description:

These odd and fascinating little fungi look for all the world like tiny birds' nests. The fruiting bodies form little cuplike nests which contain spore-filled eggs. The nests are called "peridia" ("peridium" in the singular), and serve as splash cups; when raindrops strike the nest, the eggs (called "periodoles") are projected into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and so on. What exactly happens next is not completely clear, but eventually the spores are dispersed from the egg. They then germinate and create mycelia, which eventually hook up with other mycelia and produce more fruiting bodies.-MushroomExpert.com

Habitat:

Spotted on a rotting log in a pine and fir dominate forest.

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12 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Wow beautiful find. Right at their peak.

Brian38
Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you Daniele and Juan, I did make the correction.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Hi Brian! Please check comments on our official Faceboook page:

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"Juan Carlos Zamora This is clearly not Nidularia farcta, it is a Nidula species, probably Nidula niveotomentosa."

Brian38
Brian38 4 years ago

Thank You Jason,

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 4 years ago

Wow! Congrats Brian!

Brian38
Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you Hema!

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

congrats!!

Brian38
Brian38 4 years ago

Thank You Daniele !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Brian38, these fascinating Bird's Nest Fungi are our Spotting of the Day!

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Brian38
Brian38 4 years ago

Thanks Hema. You might try looking at higher elevations-not sure. these were found at about 2200 ft.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

great pics! I have been looking for these but I was told that it was a little too late.

Brian38
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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2017
Submitted on May 14, 2017

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