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Woolly bird's nest fungus

Nidula niveotomentosa

Description:

Looking like miniature upturned woolly bells, these birds nest fungi were in small colonies on damp bark. The insides of these splashcups (peridia) were cream coloured and smooth and the free margins had a narrow rim. Some contained peridioles that were numerous and a pale brown (pic 3). Some of them were seen splashed out of the "nests" in the recent rains and can be seen as minute pale specks on the bark in pic 2.

Habitat:

Spotted on bark and leaf litter - Grampians National Park

Notes:

Peridioles are sticky and they stick to the surface they land on and germinate from there, starting their lifecycle.
Family: Nidulariaceae

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3 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Thanks ! They looked so cute all close to each other.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 weeks ago

These are WONDERFUL!! 😁

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

Great find, Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.11, Long: 142.52

Spotted on Aug 7, 2019
Submitted on Aug 24, 2019

Spotted for Mission

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