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Bird's-nest Fungi

Cyathus sect. Eucyathus


Bird's-nest fungi are so called because they resemble birds' nests with eggs inside. However, the "eggs" are actually seed-like cases, called peridioles that contain the gleba. The "nests" are splash cups, which disperse the eggs when rain falls in them. The nests start out as closed structures with lids that open to allow for spore dispersal.


Growing in wood chips in a rural yard.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

I agree Sarah!

SarahWhitt 6 years ago

Hard to pick a favorite fungi for me....but gosh....these come close!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Thank you Machi

Machi 6 years ago

Here's a good key you might want to try:

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Ha! Yes, thank you :)

flowntheloop 6 years ago

Just saw you on Mushroom Observer! :) Yes, definitely Nidulariaceae.

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 18, 2017
Submitted on Aug 18, 2017

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