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Bird's Nest Fungi

Crucibulum laeve

Description:

This fungus looks like tiny birds' nests! Initially, they look like fluffy, yellow cushions (see 3rd picture). As they mature, they become cup-shaped, the lid disappears, and the outer surface turns 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.

Habitat:

Growing in mulch in a rural garden.

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3 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Your welcome, Christine....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Thanks maplemoth. The "eggs" aren't usually white when I find them - they are usually tan (they darken with maturity), and I really liked the color difference of these.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Five, beautiful photos....beautiful colors....

Christine Y.
Spotted by
Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Feb 20, 2018
Submitted on Feb 21, 2018

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