Glossary Term: Bird’s Nest Fungi

A general category of mushrooms that consist of a small cup filled with egg like spore sacks known as peridioles.

Genera include Nidula, Nidularia, Cyathus, and Crucibulum. All of these genera are listed in Index Fungorum (as of Sept. 14, 2013) in the family Agaricaceae. The genus Sphaerobolus is sometimes listed as a “Bird’s Nest Fungi” (e.g., Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified, 2nd Ed., 1986). However, that genus is listed in the family Geastraceae and has definite similarities to the other genera in this group that are typically considered to be Earthstars.

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