Story: Fungi

Bird’s nest fungus (2nd of 3)

Bird’s nest fungus

These delicate structures are the fruiting bodies of a bird’s nest fungus (Crucibulum laeve). The flat ‘eggs’ contain spores and are thrown from the ‘nest’ by splashes of raindrops. The fungi grow on fallen leaves and branches on the forest floor.

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Photograph by Paul Schilov

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Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - Saprobes: decomposers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11570/birds-nest-fungus (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Peter Buchanan, published 24 Sep 2007