Monday, January 25, 2010

Bird's Nest Fungi- Cyathus

Cyathus striatus with peridioles in cup-shaped fruit bodies

Order: Nidulariales
Family: Nidulariaceae
Genus: Cyathus (Bird's Nest Fungi)

Bird's Nest Fungi- Matured basidiocarp is a hollow cup containing a number of lentil-shaped bodies (peridioled), the whole resembling a small bird's nest with eggs. The fungal spores are contained in the peridioles which are easily splashed out of the cup by rain drops.

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