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Fluted Bird's Nest Fungus

Cyathus striatus


Very small fungus. Hairy outer with a ridged cup. Grayish-white eggs. Emerges egg shaped, tan and textured, then grows to a cup shaped fungus. The cups are covered by a cap, initially. Once the cap opens, the tiny flat, rounded eggs can be seen. When water falls on the cups, the eggs are ejected out to help spread the fungus.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Growing in mulch within the gardens.

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Henrico, Virginia, United States

Spotted on Sep 3, 2016
Submitted on Dec 30, 2020

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