Observation 88334: Nidulariaceae Dumort.

When: 2012-01-23

Collection location: Davis, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Byrain

No specimen available

Growing on loose clumped Casuarina equisetifolia needles, the eggs are not connected by any thread.

Spore range = 10 – 13 (14) x 7 – 9 μ
Average spore = 11.8 × 7.8 μ
Average Q = 1.52
15 spores measured.


Mounted in KOH
1μ divisions

Proposed Names

46% (2)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight
30% (2)
Used references: Brodie, H. J. 1975. The Bird’s Nest Fungi. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada. 199p.
Based on microscopic features: Spores 12-14 × 8-9 μm

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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Nidula candida?
By: Ian Grinter (grinter42)
2015-01-14 09:56:00 CST (-0600)

So I used "Trial Key to the species of Bird’s Nest Fungus in Pacific Northwest (http://www.svims.ca/council/Bird’s.htm) not sure what happened with the link I posted earlier. Based on your pictures and the lack of connecting cord you mentioned I get to Nidula candida for your observation.

Do you happen to have an better suggestion?
By: Byrain
2015-01-14 09:16:39 CST (-0600)

I find Nidulariaceae difficult. :)

not Cyathus pygmaeus
By: Ian Grinter (grinter42)
2015-01-13 18:30:06 CST (-0600)

Let me qualify that I am a total novice at fungi identification, but the key I used (http://www.svims.ca/council/Bird’s.htm#n11a) to identify my observation of Cyathus pygmaeus lists a dark inner cup as a key feature, which this specimen does not appear to have. Your habitat seems unique for C. pygmaeus as well.

not Cyathus pygmaeus.
By: Ian Grinter (grinter42)
2015-01-13 18:24:26 CST (-0600)
Thanks darv
By: Byrain
2012-11-22 00:27:28 CST (-0600)

If I understand correct, Cyathus pygmaeus should have eggs connected by a thread? I don’t recall seeing one, but now that I look at the pics, I think I may see some in the 2nd and 4th pictures…
I’m not sure if I have these still, could be in a bag labeled somewhere. :)

Any ideas?
By: Byrain
2012-11-21 20:26:04 CST (-0600)

Or pointers? These things confuse me still. :)

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