Fluted Bird’s Nest

Cyathus striatus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Fluted Bird’s Nest Cyathus striatus (Huds.) Pers. (illustrated 55% life size) Fruit body 6–8mm across, 7–10mm high, an obtuse, inverted cone; outer surface tawny brown, covered in coarse tufts of shaggy hairs; inner light to dark grey, shiny, fluted, initially covered by a whitish membrane which withers at maturity. Peridioles several grey ‘eggs’. Spores 15–22×3.5–12¼, elliptical; white to yellowish. Habitat on twigs, cones, stumps, and other organic debris and bark mulch; early spring to early winter. Frequent. Not edible.

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