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Bird's Nest Fungus

Crucibulum laeve


A family of fungi whose fruiting bodies resemble tiny egg-filled bird's nests. Often called "splash cups", the fruiting bodies are adapted for spore dispersal by using the kinetic energy of falling drops of rain. The "eggs" inside the bird's nests (technically known as peridioles) are hard waxy shells containing spores, and tend to stick to whatever nearby herbage they land on, thus increasing the odds of being consumed and dispersed by herbivorous animals. Wikipedia


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ceherzog 8 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon!

ForestDragon 8 years ago

I find these very "cute" for fungus. Beautiful series!

ceherzog 8 years ago

Thanks Willie!

williefromwi 8 years ago

very nice photo series of your birds nest fungi

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Jul 19, 2012

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