Thursday, March 14, 2019

The birds have flown

Bird's nest fungi ...

On a downed branch. Probably white barrel bird's nest, Nidula niveotomentosa

On the ground, in moss. One "egg" may still be in the one on the top right.

The nests are called "peridia" ("peridium" in the singular), and serve as splash cups; when raindrops strike the nest, the eggs (called "peridioles") are projected into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and so on. (


  1. Ingenious way to propagate. - Margy

    1. Rain power. Very appropriate in this climate.


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