|Birds Nest Mushrooms|
I found my mushroom guide book and proceeded to look these up and see what kind of information I could locate.
They are called Bird's Nest Fungi ( order Nidulariales) because they resemble cuplike bird's nests with eggs inside.The "eggs are actually little seed like cases, called peridoles, that contain parts of the spore mass or gleba.
The "nests" are splash cups that disperse the eggs when raindrops fall in.
There are also slightly larger cup type mushrooms called fairy cups.
|White Bird's Nest Mushrooms|
Under our row of Burning Bushes is a large swath of these little nests, some still have their caps on and some show their eggs. Makes me wonder if the fairies are getting ready for a Summer's Gala Event!
I always am amazed and delighted to be fortunate enough to come upon Gaia's wonderful treasures.