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Fluted Bird's Nest

Cyathus striatus


Some little nest fungi


Mixed woods

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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 9 years ago

THose are really nifty!

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

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East Ridge, Tennessee, USA

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

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