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Fluted Bird's Nest

Cyathus striatus

Description:

Some little nest fungi

Habitat:

Mixed woods

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2 Comments

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 9 years ago

Those are the reproductive structure of the fungus, inside those "eggs" are the spores. The cups are designed so that when rain hits them, the "eggs" are dispersed a suitable distance from the parent. Some of these have a thin filament that attaches to them, so that when they encounter a stick in their path the thread wraps around, helping to ensure the they find suitable substrate.

QWMom
QWMom 9 years ago

THose are really nifty!

What makes the little "eggs" inside some of the nests?

chesterbperry
Spotted by
chesterbperry

East Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jan 2, 2013
Submitted on Jan 3, 2013

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