Tuesday, November 3, 2009

bird nest fungi!

I found a few bird nest fungi this week!

I think these are so amazing.

There are several kinds, but in general: the fungus forms a cup shaped structure with a cap over the top. They are usually variegated brown colors, making them even more bird nest-like. Then mature, the cap peels off revealing small egg-shaped packets filled with spores at the bottom of the nest!

They are very small 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch tall.

What a wonderful world!

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