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Woolly Bird Nest Fungus

Nidula niveotomentosa


Small white cup shaped fungus and filled with shiny brown peridioles. Found several of these growing clumped together.


Spotted in wood chips at a construction site.


Nidula niveotomentosa is abundant in western North America from BC south as far as CA, and also occurs in Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Japan, New Zealand.

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Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you very much Arun.

Arun 3 months ago

Congrats on your SOTD !!!

Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you very much Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

Little cups of lentils in clear broth. They look perfect and fresh - lovely find - Congratulations on the SOTD !

Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you so much Neil. I was lucky to find various stages of the fungus. The wood chips had been brought in for erosion control.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Amazing spotting, Brian. I never considered that this fungus would have a cap, shown clearly in the 2nd and 3rd photos. Congrats on your SOTD.

Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks so much SukanyaDatta. This is probably as close as I'll ever get to finding a pot of gold.

SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Congratulations, Brian...those gold coin filled mushrooms are wonderful. Birds nest fungus are on my bucket list.

Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you Zlatan and DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 months ago

Congratulations Brian for the SOTD!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 months ago

Great spotting Brian

Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you Mark and António for your kind words and thank you Daniele for making this the SOTD.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Nice spotting Brian. Congrats.

DanielePralong 3 months ago

Congratulations Brian, your Woolly Bird Nest Fungi are our Spotting of the Day:

"They look like delicate white cups filled with pulses! These Woolly Bird Nest Fungi (Nidula niveotomentosa) are our Spotting of the Day. The genus Nidula (from the Latin nidula, meaning "little nest") belongs to the fungus family Agaricaceae. The white woolly cups (called peridia or splash cups) are the fungus's fruiting body, while the small brown discs are known as peridioles and contain spores. The cups develop with a covering which, once cracked open, exposes the peridioles. These can in turn be hit by raindrops which will eject them from the nest and contribute to spore dispersal".



Awesome find Brian,i never saw so many together,beautiful,congrats and thanks for sharing

Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks Lauren. I was surprised to find so much ot it.

LaurenZarate 3 months ago

So cool. I've always wanted to see some of these.

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.10, Long: -122.03

Spotted on Nov 15, 2018
Submitted on Nov 16, 2018

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