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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Q: When is a fungus not a fungus?

A: When it's a Birdsnest!

(Sorry about that folks!)

Cyathus striatus. Birdsnest fungus

I found these in my garden while clearing a pile of rotting logs which I think were Spruce (certainly coniferous).
Unfortunately  they are never likely to re-appear as there is now a fruitcage on the spot.

As with all the Birdsnest species the spores are born on the "eggs". I'm assuming these were not the freshest specimens when I found them as the outside should be a lot more hairy than in these specimens. Nevertheless something different. Although they don't appear to be particularly rare, I've never seen them anywhere since.

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen the large wooden sculptures of bird's nest fungi in the Botanic Garden Tony? Made by Tina Ashdown and Laura Vettori, they've been decorated with a Welsh/English poem about fungi written by Eisteddfod bard Einir Jones. Well worth looking for.