Cyathus sp. 1Common name: Bird's nest fungus

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Unknown.

Description: Each fruiting body of this fungi was about 5 millimetres across.

Remarks: This fungus decomposes wood chips and mulch.

Bird’s nest fungus are so called because they resemble a bird’s nest, not because they are found in birds’ nests. The spores of the fungus are contained in the ‘eggs’ in the ‘nest’. The ‘eggs’ can be dislodged by a raindrops and, if the angle and force are right, thrown some distance from the ‘nest’.

References: Fungi of the Perth Region and Beyond. Neale L Bougher.