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bird's nest fungi

Description:

Mottled, light gray to brown fungi, 5-10mm diameter.

Habitat:

On north-facing side of ridge above leeward tropical valley.

Notes:

Spotted growing out of a rotting wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) log. The bowl or cup shape is evocative of bromelia, though obviously this spotting is not of that genus.

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3 Comments

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 10 years ago

Thanks for the lead, Mark. Going with the odds, I think I spotted Cyathus sp., but I can't be sure which one. There are reportedly eleven bird's nest fungus species in Hawaii. Ten are Cyathus sp.

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Here's a great key if you want to search species... http://www.mushroomexpert.com/birdsnests...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Bird's nest fungi - Nidulariaceae https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidulariac...

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 9, 2014

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