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bird's nest fungi

Scientific name:  Crucibulum laeve

Size:  Approx 5mm in diameter and 10mm deep

Distribution:  Found in many parts of the U.K.

Months seen:  June to October

Habitat:  Normally found on rotting wood and vegetable matter

Special features:  The bird's nest fungi is often overlooked on account of its small size.  It starts off as a yellowish, funnel-shaped growth. The top has a membrane which falls away to reveal the egg-shaped contents.  These 'eggs', called 'peridioles', are containers for the spores, and they're attached to the nest by a tiny thread.  When raindrops land inside the cup they get knocked out, and the spores get dispersed.

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