Identification: Fungus identification

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    seandanielsen New Member

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    This fungus is growing in my raised planter box here in Southern California around my cherry tomato plant. Does anyone know what it is ?
     

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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Sean,
    This looks like one of the bird's nest fungi. Harmless to your plants, typically grows on twigs or wood, employs splash cup technology to spread its spores. Spores are encased in the "eggs" you see in each "nest."
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    Thanks it’s very odd it’s all in my soul but non has sprouted into nests. More like orange dots throughout the box. Granted I use organic soil and fertilizer which I know fungus likes but the thing is that I have never seen anything like this
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Sean - In your first photo, several of them on the right side have their tops off, showing the wee little "eggs" inside (peridioles, spore cases). As Daniel's link notes, the wood element for some species can be woody bits in the soil, rather than complete twigs/branches.
     
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    Yea I can see that when I zoom in ! Thank you everyone for your help I know the fungi is beneficial for the soil but when it’s this corn looking fungi spreading throughout the whole garden made it slightly alarming
     

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