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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Agaricales: Agaricaceae: Crucibulum laeve (Huds.) Kambly 1936

Crucibulum laeve – Common bird's nest

Synonyms: Crucibulum vulgare, Cyathella laevis, Cyathodes scutellare, Cyathus crucibuliformis, Cyathus crucibulum, Cyathus scutellaris, Nidularia crucibulum, Nidularia laevis, Peziza crucibuliformis, Peziza laevis, Peziza lentifera.

Common name: common bird's nest.

Russian names: Bokalchik gladkiy, Krutsibulium gladkiy.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Crucibulum is a genus in the Nidulariaceae, a family of fungi whose fruiting bodies resemble tiny egg-filled bird's nests. Often called "splash cups", the fruiting bodies are adapted for spore dispersal by using the kinetic energy of falling drops of rain. The "eggs" inside the bird's nests (technically known as peridioles) are hard waxy shells containing spores, and tend to stick to whatever nearby herbage they land on, thus increasing the odds of being consumed and dispersed by herbivorous animals. Members of this genus are saprobic, obtaining nutrients from dead organic matter, and are typically found growing on decayed wood and wood debris. The three known Crucibulum species (C. laeve, C. parvulum, and C. cyathiforme) are distinguished from other genera of the Nidulariaceae by their relatively simple funiculus – a cord of hyphae that connects the peridiole (the "eggs") to the exterior of the bird's nest.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

White-egg bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-07-21.htm">July 21, 2016</A>
LinkWhite-egg bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 21, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Выборгский район, парк Сосновка
White-egg bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-08.htm">August 8, 2016</A>
LinkWhite-egg bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 8, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Выборгский район, парк Сосновка
White-egg bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-08.htm">August 8, 2016</A>
LinkWhite-egg bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 8, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Выборгский район, парк Сосновка
White-egg bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on a tree in area of an old brick factory between Pesochnaya and Dibuny north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-04-30.htm">April 30, 2017</A>
LinkWhite-egg bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on a tree in area of an old brick factory between Pesochnaya and Dibuny north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, April 30, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Курортный район, посёлок Песочный
Common bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on a rotten oak frame in Dubki Park. Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-05-12.htm">May 12, 2017</A>
LinkCommon bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on a rotten oak frame in Dubki Park. Sestroretsk, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 12, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк, парк Дубки
Common bird's nest fungus (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) near Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-08-16.htm">August 16, 2017</A>
LinkCommon bird's nest fungus (Crucibulum laeve) near Toksovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, August 16, 2017
Location on mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Токсовское городское поселение
Common bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on Proletarsky Prospect in Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-18.htm">September 18, 2017</A>
LinkCommon bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on Proletarsky Prospect in Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 18, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Курортный район, посёлок Песочный, Пролетарский проспект
Close up of common bird's nest mushrooms (<B>Crucibulum laeve</B>) on Proletarsky Prospect in Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-18.htm">September 18, 2017</A>
LinkClose up of common bird's nest mushrooms (Crucibulum laeve) on Proletarsky Prospect in Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 18, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Курортный район, посёлок Песочный, Пролетарский проспект

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Acknowledgements

Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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