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Bird's Nest Fungus

Crucibulum laeve

Description:

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

Habitat:

Mountain forest

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4 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

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

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Thanks Willie!

williefromwi
williefromwi 7 years ago

very nice photo series of your birds nest fungi

ceherzog
Spotted by
ceherzog

North Carolina, USA

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

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