The Bird’s Nest Mushroom

I kept seeing these interesting little growths in the dirt in my vegetable garden. As I searched for info about the orange mushrooms that keep popping up, I came across the bird’s nest mushroom (fungi), and I said…”Ah ha… that’s it!”

The Cyathus striatus is tiny and very unusual looking.  To me it looks like a little bowl full of seeds. It begins as a little bumpy round ball- I’m not sure if it begins as white or brown, and then top “disintegrates” leaving the bowl shape and serving of beans inside.

Someone named it the “bird’s nest”.  That works, but the bits look more like beans or seeds than eggs.  These things are really small and easy to overlook unless you get down close to the earth.  (The red post in my photos is one leg of a tomato cage.)

birds nest mushroom
Bird’s Nest Mushroom (Cyathus stratus)

This is only one type of bird’s nest fungi. The “eggs” do not come out. I tried tipping a bowl over but the contents remained intact.
birds nest mushroom

I’ve been seeing other mushrooms in my raised bed garden. The bright orange mushrooms continue to grow beneath the eggplant and pepper plant.

birds nest mushroom

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