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Bird's Nest Fungus
Nidulariaceae Cyathus stercoreus
Location: Found growing out of the soil in Utah.

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Bird's Nest Fungus

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Nidulariaceae
Birds Nest Family
Agaricales
Agaricales
Gill Mushroom Order
Agaricomycetidae
Agaricomycetidae
Gill Subclass
Agaricomycetes
Agaricomycetes
Gill Class
Agaricomycotina
Agaricomycotina
Gill Subdivision
Basidiomycota
Basidiomycota
Spore Pedestal Division
Dikarya
Dikarya
Two Nuclei Cells
Fungi
Fungi
Fungus
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
Nidulariaceae Family
Bird's Nest Fungus Bird's Nest Fungus
Cyathus Genus
Bird's Nest Fungus

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Fungus Pores.

Often found in sawdust, woodchips, manure, or well enriched soil. Cup is striated. They are saprophytes (decomposers of organic material).

The seeds are small capsules known as peridioles which contain the spores.
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A single drop of rain properly hitting the splash-cup can send the spore seed packs (peridioles) up to 7 feet away.
On the underside of each peridiole there is a sticky filament that is coiled like a spring. This coil is attached with a little node.
This enables the peridiole to stick to blades of grass ect, so that cattle can eat them.

These peridioles can then be consumed by livestock or other herbavoirs, without damage to the spores. If the seed casing is digested, the spores will be born with a fresh pile of cow-dung substrate.
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Cyathus and Crucibulum seeds have a coiled cord with a sticky end.
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Cyathus stercoreus is said to grow on dung but can also be found on garden mulch (woodwaste). C. stercoreus has a lead grey interior and lacks the striations.
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Looks like Crucibulum laeve (Crucibulum vulgare), Nidula emodensis.

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom
Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom - July 02, 2009

Bird's Nest Fungus Spores

Bird's Nest Fungus Spores
Bird's Nest Fungus Spores, the spore seed has been cut open with a razor. - July 02, 2009

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom
Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom - July 02, 2009

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom
Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom - July 02, 2009

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom
Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom - July 02, 2009

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom

Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom
Bird's Nest Fungus - Mushroom - July 02, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom

Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom
Strange, Tiny, Bowl-Like Pores - Mushroom - June 30, 2009

Comment: Bird's Nest Fungus

Page Posts: 4

Biocentric333
Biocentric333

These pictures are quite lovely I must say!
September 06, 2010
02:45:04
Biocentric333
Biocentric333

Just in case you haven't found an answer to this question yet. These fungi help to decompose organic material, so I would think they are beneficial in gardening and soil, especially for composting. I personally practice organic and permaculture gardening, so that if I were to spray anything on plants I would first make sure it is 100% organic, permaculture friendly and non-toxic to humans or other animals. Otherwise I would be concerned about the spray being poisonous, too! Best of luck in your gardening endeavors : )

September 06, 2010
02:37:50

gardengirl

Marietta, GA USA

I have these everywhere in my vegetable garden. Should I removed them manually, or spray them with something? Should I be concerned that I have them by food we are going to eat -- are they poisonous?
May 08, 2010
17:10:34
lorincook
lorincook

Looks like some sort of a "bird's nest" type fungus....
July 01, 2009
02:26:18

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