bird's nest fungus

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English[edit]

Nidularia deformis

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Noun[edit]

bird's nest fungus (plural bird's nest fungi)

  1. Any of the fungi of the family Nidulariaceae, or of the former order Nidulariales.
    • 2003, William C. Roody, Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians[1], page 457:
      The Bird's nest fungi are related to puffballs.
    • 2008, Donald W. Linzey, A Natural History Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park[2], page 78:
      The bird's-nest fungus resembles a miniature bird's nest complete with “eggs.” The eggs (periodioles) are actually spore packages, which rupture to release the reproductive cells.
    • 2010, Bill Russell, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic[3], page 107:
      The egg dispersal mechanics of the bird's nest fungus are as amazing as its appearance.
    • 2010, Michael Kuo, Andy Methven, 32: Cyathus striatus (Hudson) Willdenow, 100 Cool Mushrooms, page 65,
      Bird's nest fungi are funky and fascinating; they look for all the world like tiny bird nests.

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