Identification: What is This?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Dylan G, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Dylan G

    Dylan G Active Member

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    I discovered this in my pot with my Protea. I would like to know what it is and more importantly will it cause any damage or harm to my plant.
     

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    Frog Generous Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    They look like birds nest fungi: Can you confirm whether the cups which have opened, contain some little "eggs" (peridioles)?
     
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    I squeezed some of them and some "eggs" came out of them. Will they cause any damage or can I just leave it alone?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Safe to leave them, they use decaying dead plant matter, not live. And removing the spore-producing bodies wouldn't do any good anyway, as the mycelium will be throughout the pot.
     
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    Often the decaying bodies of fungi can also help enrich the soil? Between snails and fungi...the matter that both produce...have surprising benifits at times. You're plant should definately be safe!
     
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    Thanks for the help. I was a bit surprised to see it since I try to keep the pot on the dry side. I don't know much about fungi so I am a little concerned when I see a new type growing somewhere. I'll let it be and see I see any more come up around the yard in the future.
     

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