As the name of this family suggests, they
look like bird nests, complete with the eggs which in this case are called 'peridioles',
these are usually flat like capsicum seeds and carry the spores within them.
They can be found growing on the ground, dung or wood. Usually minute in
Found on the Manawatu Gorge Track growing on a twig!! End of July, 2000.
Less than 1cm in diameter and height. Even smaller when young.
The exterior wall of the cup shape is brown in colour with a somewhat rough
A lid is present when young, orange yellow in colour and rather hairy, this
disappears at maturity leaving the eggs 'Peridioles' exposed to the
rely on rain for the dispersal of spores, rain drops fall into the cup
causing the eggs to fly out.
Peridioles are tan to white coloured. 1-2mm in diameter.
Different people react
differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom
without being 100% sure it is safe to do so.