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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 02:35 PM
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Any idea what THIS is????
One of my pansies in a pot just gave up the ghost (not a bad run, considering I planted it in early April). Anyway, as I was pulling out the dead pansy plant, I found several tiny fungi (?, I guessing here) shaped like upside-down bells with 3-4 little seeds/spores (?, again guesses) inside. Pictures below.

Googling has produced no info. Anyone know what I'm growing??



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Denninmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 03:11 PM
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1. Yup, I sure do.
Edited on Mon Jul-25-11 03:12 PM by Denninmi
They come up frequently in my yard.

It's called a "birds nest" fungus. The little "eggs" inside are actually the sporangia, the spore bearing structures.

They are harmless little mushrooms/fungi that are beneficial, breaking down mostly wood fiber and releasing the nutrients.

And, I may add, cute. But, not edible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidulariaceae
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 04:33 PM
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2. Aha! I should have used "birds nest" instead of "upside-down bell"
in my Googling!

Thanks, Denninmi. As always, you are a font of knowledge. :yourock:
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 08:33 PM
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3. They just amazed us kids when we were told to go find plants on a nature hike
One of the boys found that one and stumped the adult.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-11 05:00 AM
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4. are those cute. n/t
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-11 06:52 PM
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5. Now that you know what they look like, and how small they are,
I bet you will see bird's nest fungi in mulch all the time. They are very common in mulch. I have 3 different kinds.
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