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White-egg Bird's Nest Fungi

Crucibulum laeve (huds.) Kamb.

Description:

Very exciting find in my backyard today. 1/4-3/8 inches. The bird's nest fungi are so called because they resemble cuplike bird's nests with eggs inside. The eggs are actually little seedlike cases, called peridioles, that contain parts of the spore mass. The nests are splash cups that disperse the eggs when raindrops fall in. Only this bird's-nest fungus has white eggs.

Habitat:

On dead wood and debris.

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3 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice find. Quite large peridioles in this species. Should they be in the 'Non-flowering plants' mission though ??

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 6 years ago

Thanks. I was excited to find them. They are tiny. Doreen

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Really nice series!

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Sep 13, 2013
Submitted on Sep 13, 2013

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