Thursday, June 18, 2009
Bird's Nest fungus
I know I'm living up to the most common descriptive written in my old yearbooks ("weird") when my first reaction to finding Bird's Nest fungus is, "Oh, I've been wanting to see those!"
But it's true. If I'd had a Most Wanted list for fungi, this one would've been near the top. I should have prepped myself a bit better though - I didn't realize that they were so tiny. (That green towering thing on the left is an onion.)
It's apparently very much a fungus of bark or wood mulch. The "eggs" contain the spores, which are splashed out by rain. So I'm thinking that our mulch probably already contained the spores when we bought it.
Key to the Bird's Nest fungi. I believe this one is Cyathus striatus.
Other Most Wanted?
Dead Man's fingers!
Any variety of Stinkhorn fungus!
Hmm, there's a blog carnival/festival/circus for everything else in the world, but not one for fungi? Or am I just missing it?