Crucibulum laeve

Scientific name:  Crucibulum laeve (Huds.) Kambly
Derivation of name:  Crucibulum means "a little pot"
and laev- means "smooth" referring to the inner nest wall.
SynonymsCrucibulum vulgare Tul. & C. Tul.  
Common name(s):  White-egg bird's nest; Common bird's
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Agaricales
Family:   Agaricaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; typically
clustered on wood chips, bark, fallen branches; summer
through fall.    
Dimensions:  Nests are 0.5 to 1 cm tall and wide.  
Sterile nest surfaces: The tawny-yellow, velvety lid is
conspicuous when the nests are young. The inside of the
cup-like nest is white, smooth and shiny. There are no
tooth-like projections on the rim of the nest.
Fertile tissue: The eggs (peridioles) are about 1.5-2 mm
wide, white, and attached to the cup by a long thin cord.
Edibility: One simply does not eat things such as this.
Comments: This is the only bird's nest fungus with white
peridioles in our range.

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Figure 1.  These fungi are small. There are a number of
specimens growing on the hardwood mulch of this
landscape bed. The toothpick is for scale.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. Up close, these fungi are quite unmistakable.
The tawny-yellow membrane of young specimens breaks
open to reveal the white peridioles ("eggs") within.
Photo © Fred Habegger

Figure 3. Intact membranes of young specimens.
Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 4. The same specimens as in Figure 3 but the
membrane has been ruptured with the toothpick in order to
uncover the eggs. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 5. The smooth and unfurrowed (nonstriate) inner walls
of the nests are clearly seen in the empty nest and nests with
eggs. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 6. Here, an egg was taken out of the nest.
A portion of the cord (funiculus) is visible.
Photo © Gary Emberger.


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