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Fascinating fungi that look like tiny birds' nests. Initially, they look like mustard yellow cushions (see 2nd picture). As they mature, they become cup-shaped, the lid disappears, and the outer surface turns dark brown. The fruiting body "nests" contain spore-filled periodoles ("eggs"). The nests, called peridia, serve as splash cups, and when raindrops strike the nest, the periodoles are projected into the air where they latch onto branches, leaves, etc.
Growing on the ground in a mixed forest, along a nature trail with mulch.
Spotted on Oct 16, 2017
Submitted on Oct 18, 2017
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