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Bird's nest fungus Here is a grouping exhibiting the various stages of growth, maturity and spore dispersal.<br />
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Each fruiting body 5mm in diameter.   Agaricales,Agaricomycetes,Australia,Basidiomycota,Bird's Nest Fungus,Cyathus stercoreus,Dung-loving Bird's-Nests,Geotagged,Nidulariaceae,Summer,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Bird's nest fungus

Here is a grouping exhibiting the various stages of growth, maturity and spore dispersal.

Each fruiting body 5mm in diameter.

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  1. Nice one Ruth Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you. Posted 5 months ago
  2. The smooth, lead-black inner surface of the "cups" paired with gray/black peridioles means this is likely Cyathus stercoreus. I love this shot! Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
    1. Thanks for this input Lisa. Reading now, I see it has a worldwide distribution and appears growing on dung (or soils containing it)...which would fit, as this is in a freshly dug bed that I had forked manure in to. Posted 5 months ago

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''Cyathus stercoreus'', commonly known as the dung-loving bird's nest, is a species of fungus in the genus ''Cyathus'', family Nidulariaceae. Like other species in the Nidulariaceae, the fruiting bodies of ''C. stercoreus'' resemble tiny bird's nests filled with eggs. The fruiting bodies are referred to as splash cups, because they are developed to use the force of falling drops of water to dislodge and disperse their spores. The species has a worldwide distribution, and prefers growing on dung,.. more

Similar species: Agaricales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Feb 28, 2022. Captured Jan 31, 2022 08:14 in 40 Janet St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/25.0
  • 10/1250s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm